Mother accused of strangling infant


by Andrew Delgado & Bailey McGowan / KENS 5

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- An arrest was made Tuesday in the death of an infant boy found at a San Antonio Waste Management center last month.

Nidia Alvarado, 25, was arrested at an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Jackson Keller Rd. She is accused of killing and discarding her newborn baby boy.

Police said other children were found inside the apartment with Alvarado when she was taken into custody. Those kids were handed over to Child Protective Services.

A duffel bag containing the infant's body was found by an employee working a trash-sorting line at the waste management facility, just before 1 p.m., on Dec. 23, 2013, Lisa Doughty with Waste Management said.

The facility immediately stopped operations and notified police.

Waste Management provided investigators with records of every truck that arrived at the facility between Dec. 21 and noon on Dec. 23.

According to an arrest warrant, investigators were able to trace the infant and the duffel bag back to Alvarado through a hospital surveillance video.

Police said, once questioned, Alvarado admitted to officers she had tried to get someone to teach her how to perform a self-abortion. When that didn't work out, she delivered the child and left the hospital.

Alvarado then strangled the baby and watched him die, before leaving the body inside a dumpster at a San Antonio apartment complex, according to the arrest affidavit.

Wednesday, Alvarado was in the process of being transported to the Bexar County jail. She is being held on a $2 million bond.  

Authorities said the entire ordeal could've been avoided had Alvarado taken advantage of the Baby Moses Law in Texas.

The following are criteria that must be met in order to be protected by the Baby Moses Law:

- The child must be two months or younger.

- The infant has to be unharmed and safe.

- The baby must be dropped off at any hospital,
police department, fire station or EMS station in Texas.

- The child must be given to an employee in a designated safe haven.