Woman Strangles Newborn Son and Watched Him Die, Tosses Him in Trash

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 15, 2014   |   4:52PM   |   San Antonio, TX

In a brutal act of infanticide, a Texas woman strangled her newborn son to death and threw him in the trash.

Nidia Alvarado, 25, has been arrested on charges of murder and she told local police she “strangled the baby and watched him die,” according to a news report. Official say the body of the less than one-week-old infant boy was found stuffed in a duffel bag on the intake conveyor belt of a recycling center in San Antonio, Texas just a couple days before Christmas.

AP reports on this terrible killing, indicating that Alvarado was arrested at her home without incident.

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

Bond has been set at $2 million. Officials did not list an attorney for the suspect.

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, the arrest affidavit said.



She also told investigators that after killing the baby, she threw the body into a dumpster at her apartment building.

Salazar said it was thought Alvarado had given birth in hospital, under an assumed name. “Tips from the public” helped lead police to the suspect, he added.

A Waste Management spokeswoman said the company provided police with records of the locations where its trucks had picked up the load of recyclables in which the body was found.