A teenage mum was allegedly caught on camera tossing her newborn son into a dumpster and fleeing the scene in a car.
Alexis Avila, 18, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and child abuse after rescuers found her son clinging to life for nearly six hours on Friday night.
CCTV released by police shows a white car pulling up at a car park behind a store in Hobbs, New Mexico, before Avila exits the vehicle.
She appears to head towards the two massive green dumpsters and throws a black bag from the backseat into the bin, before quickly driving off.
Around six hours later, a group of people arrived to dumpster dive for lost treasures when they heard a faint cry inside.
Acting Hobbs Police Chief August Fons said the baby boy was found wrapped in a “dirty, wet towel” covered in dried blood and with his umbilical cord still attached.
“The group’s collective quick response to this emergency, including notification of 911, was absolutely pivotal in saving this baby’s life,” he told Fox News.
Police tracked the number plate on the white car and arrested Avila.
According to reports, she said she did not know she was pregnant until last week when she looked for treatment for abdominal pain.
She said the baby’s father is a juvenile and she ended her relationship with him back in August.
The officers also said she told them that she gave birth in her parents’ bathroom and panicked.
Avila allegedly stuffed the baby inside two plastic bags, one with other trash, and left it in the dumpster.
The baby was taken to a nearby hospital after the rescue and later travelled by helicopter to another hospital in Lubbock, Texas, where he remains in stable condition.
The police declined to release any additional information on the child.