Joe Imbriale, owner of Rig Outfitters and Home Store, said: ‘There was something wrong, I saw the officers’ faces, and they didn’t look right. They really don’t.”
He said police called him on Friday night, with a request to see his surveillance footage.
“I said ‘we’re looking for something’ and she said ‘we’re looking for someone who threw a bag of black trash in your bin.” I turned around, I said “please don’t tell me it’s a child,” said Imbriale.
Video shows who is believed to be Avila leaving the trash at 2pm on Friday. Six hours later, three people were seen searching the same trash, pulling out a black bag and starting to examine it.
Seconds later, a woman reacts to what’s inside and begins to open the bag. She pulls the newborn out, still alive – and heads for it.
After wrapping the baby, she loaded it onto their truck while a man in the group was on the phone. They pulled the truck out of the parking lot, and people could see the police and ambulance arriving a few minutes later. Police immediately began searching the trash, and paramedics took the child to a local hospital.
Imbriale said: “I was shocked when I saw this.
He said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he watched the video again with the police.
“I can’t sleep at night knowing this baby just got thrown in such a trash can. I’m sorry but who did? That’s cruel. I have no words for it.”
As for Avila, investigators identified her vehicle over the weekend. They say she confessed to giving birth to the baby – and took it to the landfill.
She faces a Lea County judge on Monday morning.
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