Baby Left in Plastic Bag for Over 72 Hours


If convicted of the attempted murder charge, Hoyt could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

A young girl was found alive Tuesday inside a garbage bag behind a home in this upstate NY city less than 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border.

Police in upstate NY are describing a horrifying crime that might've proved deadly if not for what the Elmira Star Gazette describes as a "miracle".

A pair of sisters named Kayla and Karen Seals made the initial discovery after hearing what they described as odd noises and at first thinking it was an animal in distress. The dehydrated child was taken to the hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.

They called 911 at around 1.15pm and began administering first aid until police and emergency crews arrived. Authorities believe she then abandoned the baby in the backyard of a nearby residence around noon on Saturday, Weeden said. After taking her out of the bag, they called the police and cleaned her up.

"Her legs were dangling in the bag and her head was in the bag, her whole body".

Solt also revealed that it's been estimated the child possibly had spent more than 24 hours in the plastic bag, but said she is expected to make a full recovery.

Elmira Police charged 17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, PA with attempted murder after an investigation that included Chemung County Child Protective Services, NYSP and the Chemung County District Attorney's Office.

Hoyt was arraigned in Elmira City Court Tuesday night and sent to the Chemung County Jail.

Under New York state's Abandoned Infant Protection Act, a parent can abandon a newborn who is up to 30 days old anonymously and without fear of being prosecuted if the baby is left at a safe place, such as a hospital or fire station.