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Woman charged with capital murder in strangulation death of newborn son

by | Jan 16, 2014

 

By Dave Andrusko

Nidia Yolibeth Alvarado

Nidia Yolibeth Alvarado

It’s about as grim a story as you can possibly imagine. A 25-year-old San Antonio woman has been charged with capital murder after she told police detectives that she “strangled [her] baby and watched him die,” according to an arrest affidavit released by San Antonio police on Wednesday.

The body of the infant boy, thought to be a few days old, was found two days before Christmas stuffed in a blue duffel bag on the intake conveyor belt of a Waste Management recycling center in San Antonio, Reuters reports.

Bail for Nidia Yolibeth Alvarado, 25, has been set at $2 million. She was taken into custody Tuesday night and charged Wednesday.

Alvarado told investigators that she threw the body into a dumpster at her apartment building.

According to local state KWTX, “Waste Management spokeswoman Lisa Doughty says an employee working at the beginning of the sorting line found the body just before 1 p.m. on Monday Dec. 23. The facility immediately stopped operations at that time and police were called, she said.”

Police Sergeant Javier Salazar told reporters, “It’s believed that the suspect gave birth to that baby boy, and shortly thereafter murdered him by strangulation.”

KWTX also reported that staff at the hospital where Alvarado gave birth under an assumed name helped authorities link her to the murder.

There are other children residing at the apartment where Alvarado lives. The children are in the custody of Child Protective Services while police try to find out if Ms. Alvarado is their mother.

Reuters’ Jim Forsyth reported that according to the affidavit, “Alvarado told detectives that several weeks before the birth she had tried to find somebody who would teach her how to perform a self-induced abortion.”

Forsyth ends his story on this especially poignant note:

“Under Texas law, a child under 60 days can be left in the care of an official employee at designated safe places, such as hospitals, fire houses or police stations.

“A person who drops off an unharmed infant will not be prosecuted for neglect or abandonment under the ‘Baby Moses Law,’ named for the biblical figure. The law is aimed at providing desperate parents with a responsible alternative and protects them from criminal prosecution.”

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