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Baby found alive in plastic bag, mother charged

17-year-old Harriette Hoyt, from Sayre, PA, has been charged with 2nd degree attempted murder.

Elmira, N.Y. – Police are investigating a disturbing discovery in Elmira. An eight-month-old girl was found alive, in a garbage bag behind a home.

Court paperwork claims the child was left unattended for 72 hours. It alleges Harriette Hoyt, 17, of Sayre, Pennsylvania left her daughter in a plastic bag, covered her body and set the child near some bushes in the backyard of a home. It claims Hoyt did not attempt to check on the child and did not contact anyone else about her life or safety.

Our affiliate, WENY, reports neighbors who helped rescue the girl say they heard what sounded like a cat crying. When they went to investigate, they say a child’s feet were sticking out of the bag.

The child is in stable condition and now at Strong Memorial Hospital in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Hoyt, 17, has been charged with second degree attempted murder. She was remanded to the Chemung County Jail.

Police ask anyone with information to call 607-737-5626 or the Elmira Police tip line at 607-271-HALT.


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