Eddy County Detention Center

ARTESIA, New Mexico– Alexee Trevizo, a 19-year-old woman from New Mexico, has been accused of first-degree murder in connection with the death of her newborn son in January.

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Authorities allege that she placed the infant’s body in a trash can. In addition to the murder charge, Trevizo is also facing charges of tampering with evidence. The criminal complaint was filed in Eddy County, located in southeastern New Mexico.

According to the Artesia police, Alexee Trevizo visited the emergency room in late December due to back pain. During the visit, lab tests revealed that she was pregnant and in labor.

Subsequently, Trevizo reportedly locked herself in a bathroom where she gave birth to a baby boy on January 27. Investigators allege that she then placed the newborn in a bag, which she concealed under other trash. These details were provided by the authorities as part of their investigation.

By the time the baby was found, the baby had died and Trevizo had left the hospital, investigators said. An autopsy listed the cause of death as a homicide.

Gary C. Mitchell, the attorney representing Alexee Trevizo, stated that his client does not have a criminal record and should not be charged with murder.

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He emphasized that there are significant discrepancies in the hospital’s account of what happened, suggesting that this is not a typical case of child abuse. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday to assess the terms of Trevizo’s release.

This case follows another recent high-profile incident involving a mother and a newborn in New Mexico. Alexis Avila, aged 19, was found guilty of throwing her newborn into an outdoor trash bin in January 2020 in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Fortunately, the child survived the incident. Avila was subsequently sentenced to 16 years in prison on May 1, 2023.