A New Mexico teenager admitted to giving birth in a hospital bathroom and hiding the baby inside a trash can, where it was later found dead, recently released police body camera footage shows.
Alexee Trevizo, 19, was charged last week with first-degree murder, or alternatively abusing a child resulting in death, and tampering with evidence after secretly delivering her baby boy at Artesia General Hospital on Jan. 27, Artesia Police Department said.
“I’m sorry. It came out of me and I didn’t know what to do,” Trevizo said immediately after a doctor told her and her mother that they found the dead newborn inside the bathroom.
“Lexee I told you about this! I just asked you baby to tell me the truth!” her distraught mother responded.
“I was scared,” Trevizo said before telling the nurse that “it was not crying or nothing.”
“What did you do to it?” her mother demanded, growing visibly angry, until doctors stepped in to prevent her from interfering before the police investigation.
Trevizo arrived at the hospital, located roughly 80 miles from the New Mexico-Texas border, earlier that day with back pain.
Though tests revealed she was pregnant, Trevizo denied ever having sex, a doctor can be heard telling officers in the footage.
She then allegedly locked herself in a hospital bathroom for “quite a while” and when doctors were finally able to get her to open the door they found her cleaning a heavy amount of blood from the floor.
Doctors were initially concerned she had “done something to herself” in an effort to terminate her pregnancy until one of the nurses discovered the dead full-term baby inside the garbage.
“She put the baby in the trash can and then another clean liner over the top of it,” the doctor said.
“The baby is dead … She killed the kid.”
“She had it in the bathroom is what happened and then whatever she did, I don’t know — she’s going to lie.
“She wouldn’t tell us she’s pregnant, she’s been lying the whole time.”
The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator later determined that the baby died by homicide.
Trevizo’s mother appeared shocked upon learning her daughter had gone to extreme lengths to hide her pregnancy.
“Lexee, have you watched the news about what the girls do to their babies and they go to jail?” the frustrated mother yelled.
Trevizo, who sobbed throughout the video, repeatedly claimed that the baby didn’t cry when it was born.
Her attorney, Gary Mitchell, said Thursday that Trevizo has no criminal record and should not be facing a murder charge.
Mitchell said there are “major discrepancies about what happened” in the hospital and “this isn’t a classic child abuse case.”
The homicide is the second high-profile case involving a teenage New Mexico mother accused of tossing her newborn in the trash.
Jurors convicted Alexis Avila, 19, after surveillance footage caught her throwing her baby in an outdoor dumpster in January 2020.
The baby survived after it was discovered hours later by three people sifting through the garbage.
Avila was sentenced earlier this month to 16 years in prison.
With Post wires
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