Woman Arrested for Murder After Abandoning Her Newborn, Stray Dogs Ate The Baby

International   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Feb 25, 2015   |   11:05AM   |   Tegucigalpa, Honduras

In Honduras, a 23-year-old woman has been charged with infanticide and abandoning a child after her newborn was left alone in a courtyard and eaten by stray dogs. The woman, Elda Esperanza Espino Garcia, lived alone and allegedly gave birth to the child behind a tree then left it alone while she returned to the house to get a blanket. She said she was trying to keep the pregnancy and birth a secret from her father.

Tragically, the vicious dogs ate both of the baby’s arms and one of the baby”s legs. A neighbor, Carlos Moncada, called the police after Garcia begged him for help.

He told the Mirror Online more about the situation. He said, “When she knocked on the door she was in a terrible state, crying hysterically and with blood on her legs. At first I thought she had been attacked, but when she began to tell me what had happened I was completely shocked. She took me to where the dogs were feeding on the newborn baby and I almost vomited.”

He concluded, “I felt sorry for her because I know her father and he is a hard man who would never accept her being pregnant or having a baby outside of marriage, but I had to do what was right and call the police.”



When the police arrived they found the remains of the newborn being guarded by the three dogs. A police spokesman said, “They didn’t want us to go near and were quite vicious so we shot them with a tranquillizer gun. They had eaten both the baby’s arms and one of its legs.”


Unfortunately, according to the National Institute of Health, in the United States eight in every 100,000 newborns die from infanticide and usually the perpetrator is the victim’s parent or step parent. However, in this case the child’s death seems especially tragic because Garcia was just trying to hide the baby from her father. Although there is no way to know if Garcia’s father tried to force her to have an abortion prior to the child’s birth, it isn’t unlikely.

ALifeNews previously reported, as many as 64% of women say they have felt pressure to have an abortion. Elliot Institute director David Reardon, who co-authored a Medical Science Monitor study of American and Russian women with the 64 percent figure, said, “In many of the cases documented for our ‘Forced Abortion in America’ report, police and witnesses reported that acts of violence and murder took place after the woman refused to abort or because the attacker didn’t want the pregnancy.”

Usually boyfriends, husbands, abusers and even parents initiate coercion.