A 25 year old woman is facing capital murder charges, which potentially carry the death penalty, in connection with the death of her newborn baby boy, who's little body was found in a duffel bag at a Waste Management Corporation recycling plant on the city's east side last month, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Nidia Alvarado was arrested by homicide detectives late last night at her home and booked on the capital murder charge. The arrest took place in the 4000block of Blanco Road on the north side.
"At this point it’s believed that the suspect gave birth to that baby boy, and shortly thereafter murdered him by strangulation," Police Sgt. Javier Salazar told 1200 WOAI news.
A police arrest affadavit says Alvarado told a friend she 'strangled the baby and watched him die.'
The affadavit says Alvarado had previously asked the friend for information on how she could perform a self aboriton.
Police are asking the public for any information which would shed light on why Alvarado killed her baby, possibly within a few hours after leaving the hospital.
"My understanding is that several people came forth and gave information," Salazar said. "We would appreciate any information that somebody has to share."
"There were other children involved in the case who resided at the same place where the suspect resides," he said. "Those children were taken into custody by Child Protective Services."
Salazar said he didn't know whether the children who were taken into custody by CPS were Alvarado's children. He also didn't say if police know why she strangled the child.
On the afternoon of December 23, a worker at Waste Management Corporation's recycling plant on East Houston Street found the body of a newborn baby boy inside a duffel bag on a main intake conveyor belt. Police shut down the plant for several hours while they investigated the discovery.
Texas has a so called 'Baby Moses Law,' which allows people to drop newborn babies at a safe place like a fire station, no questions asked.