SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A police affidavit says a woman told San Antonio police investigators that she wrapped a ligature around her infant son's neck, saw him cry and watched him die.
According to the arrest affidavit, 25-year-old Nidia Yolibeth Alvarado, told investigators she then placed her newborn son's body in a duffel bag and dumped his body at a San Antonio recycling plant.
Alvarado has been charged with capital murder after her Tuesday night arrest. She was in the Bexar County Jail on Wednesday night on $2 million bond. A jail booking clerk said no attorney was listed in her record.
A medical examiner says the newborn was found by a recycling plant worker on Dec. 23 in a duffel bag.
"It's believed that the suspect gave birth to that baby boy and shortly after murdered him by strangulation," San Antonio police Sgt. Javier Salazar said.
"It appears that the suspect gave birth to the baby. She gave a fictitious name at the hospital. Detectives were able to find out her true identity and tracked her down, just through some really good detective work," Salazar said.
In a statement, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it has placed a detainer on Alvarado for living in the United States illegally. ICE said she had been deported to Honduras in April 2006.
According to the affidavit, Alvarado admitted she had sought out information on how to abort the child, but without success.
When reporters asked Alvarado why she killed her son, she cited threats. Child Protective Services has taken custody of her two other children, a 5-year-old son and a 2-year-old daughter.