Harriette Hoyt was arraigned on attempted murder in the 2nd degree, reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child
A 17-year-old girl accused of stuffing her infant daughter in a plastic bag and leaving it in the backyard of a home in Elmira, N.Y. has been indicted on attempted murder and other charges.
Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, Pa. was arraigned Thursday on charges that also include reckless endangerment and abandonment of a child, according to the Chemung County prosecutor’s office.
Authorities say the teen was visiting friends in Elmira on August 5 when she left her 8-month-old baby in a garbage bag near some bushes.
The baby girl wasn’t discovered until three days later by neighbors checking out animal-like sounds found the baby with its legs sticking out of a bag.
Neighbors Kayla and Karen Seals said they heard a noise, and discovered the baby, who they found the be dirty and dehydrated.
“My sister came out off the porch and went to the side to the backyard of my neighbor’s house with a stick, thinking it was a dog,” Karen Seals told WENY-TV.
The child spent 10 days recovering in a Rochester hospital, then was placed in foster care.
Hoyt remains in jail. Public advocate attorney John Brennan says his office continues to review the evidence.