A New Mexico teen accused of murdering her newborn baby by throwing him into a hospital garbage bag minutes after birth claims she didn’t know she was pregnant.
Alexee Trevizo, 19, has been charged with murder after giving birth in a hospital toilet and then putting her child in a garbage bag, where she was tragically found dead.
Her attorney, Gary C. Mitchell, told DailyMail.com that the teen was unaware of the pregnancy at the time of her pregnancy came to Artesia General Hospital on January 27th with back pain.
Tests revealed she was pregnant and in labour. She then locked herself in a hospital restroom for a long time. When she returned, a cleaner found the bathroom covered in blood and then called the nurses after lifting the heavy garbage bag.
On May 10, she was charged with first-degree murder, “or alternatively” intentional maltreatment of a child resulting in her death, and charges of tampering with evidence.
Alexee Trevizo, 19, was unaware she was pregnant before giving birth to her son
The harrowing moment when police confronted Trevizo at the hospital was captured with body camera footage showing her telling officers: “It came out of me, I put it in the bag.” In the garbage bag. I’m sorry mom.’
Mitchell said the child was determined to have died of asphyxiation.
He claims Trevizo went to the hospital toilet alone, unaware that she was pregnant.
There she was left unattended for 18 minutes, gave birth and then threw the baby in the bin.
Artesia General Hospital declined to comment, citing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law that protects patients’ confidential health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.
Police body camera footage shows Trevizo admitting putting the baby in his pocket.
“It came out of me, I put it in the bag.” In the garbage bag. “I’m sorry mom,” the teen said to her mother.
Mitchell continued, “That child didn’t cause the death of that baby.” She didn’t know she was pregnant.’
“It came out of me, I put it in the bag.” In the garbage bag. “I’m sorry, Mom,” whispers the traumatized teenager
Trevizo’s mother apparently did not know that her daughter was nine months pregnant
Newly released bodycam footage shows the heartbreaking admission
“It was a very traumatic experience,” the attorney said.
Mitchell also revealed that the baby’s father was “very supportive” of Trevizo and also didn’t know about the pregnancy, which he says isn’t unusual.
On the bodycam footage, a doctor in a white lab coat tells Trevizo and her mother, “We found a dead baby in the bathroom.”
Trevizo tells the doctor, “I’m sorry, it came out of me and I didn’t know what to do… I was just scared, it wasn’t crying or anything.”
Her distraught mother holds her head in her hands and begs her daughter, “What have you done?”
“What did you do with it?” asks the mother, desperately resting her head in her hands, before the doctor tells her to “stop here immediately”.
“The number one priority, folks,” the doctor continues, “is that she just had a baby. I don’t know if she delivered the placenta.” “She’s bleeding profusely,” she says, explaining that the teen needs to be taken to the obstetrician.
“I’m sorry, but if this is about a baby being delivered and it appears you were trying to hide it, we absolutely need to get the police involved.”
“The baby has to be taken for an autopsy and there will be an investigator and everything,” the doctor continues in a calm voice.
Artesia General Hospital
Gary C Mitchell told DailyMail.com that Trevizo was not responsible for her baby’s death
“I’m so sorry but we need to get this right and I want to be transparent with you as to what our steps will be.”
“Nothing cried, nothing came out,” Trevizo repeats.
A male paramedic in the room then asks the mother and daughter if they have any questions, to which Trevizo’s mother asks how big the baby is.
“It’s full-time,” replies the masked paramedic.
‘What!’ she exclaims, implying that she didn’t know before the birth that her daughter was nine months pregnant.
“Lexi, have you seen the news about what girls do to their babies and they go to jail,” asks the frustrated mother.
A traumatized Trevizo bursts into tears, only to learn that investigators are on their way to speak to her and that she is now in the hospital under police custody.
In a statement shared with DailyMail.com, Artesia Police Department said: “Our officers and crime scene investigator, along with hospital staff, experienced a heartbreaking situation this January morning and have coped with what they encountered.”
“One of the worst emergencies that a first responder or public servant must respond to is the serious injury or death of a child.”
“Because of our job title, we’re expected to be ‘tough’ when it comes to incidents like this, but in reality we’re quite the opposite.”
“Our routine service calls or emergency response are usually handled with ease and with dedication and devotion to our city, but a call like this can be a breaking point for some or all involved.”
“It is important that we provide the best resources, counseling and stress management tools to help our employees navigate this traumatic event so they can continue their dedicated ministry.”
Adding: “As for Trevizo, she refused to speak to our investigators about the incident.”
At the beginning of the released body cam footage, a nurse told responding officers that Trevizo had a positive pregnancy test but denied having had sex.
Trevizo locked herself in the hospital bathroom at the birth of the baby boy on January 27 before throwing him in the bin, investigators said.
By the time the baby was found, he had already died, investigators said.
An autopsy in March found the cause of death to be homicide.
On May 10, Trevizo was charged with first-degree murder, “or alternatively” intentional maltreatment of a child resulting in death, and charges of tampering with evidence.
Trevizo has since been released from prison and is able to complete the school year without an ankle monitor or house arrest while she awaits trial.
This is the second high-profile case of a mother and newborn in New Mexico in recent years.
The jury found 19-year-old Alexis Avila guilty of throwing her newborn baby into an outdoor dumpster in Hobbs, New Mexico, in January 2020.
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