Harriette Hoyt accused of attempted murder in the second degree appears in court

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Harriette Hoyt appeared in the Elmira City Court Friday for her preliminary hearing. 

Hoyt is being charged for attempted murder in the second degree for allegedly leaving her 8 month old daughter outside in a plastic bag. 

The prosecution and defense reached an agreement to waive the preliminary hearing.

Defense Attorney, Dan Brennan, said Hoyt signed the waiver yesterday in jail. 

The defense agreed to waive the preliminary hearing, with an exchange for an open file from the District Attorney office and bail reduction. Bail was cut in half to $125,000 cash or a $250,000 property bond. 

As part of the agreement, Hoyt also waived extradition, which she signed in court. 

Terry Northrup, Assistant District Attorney, said they have agreed to lower bail because of how well the baby is doing. 

“When the court first set bail, the defendant’s daughters medical condition was unclear. What we know today is that this 8 month old baby is doing tremendously well,” Northrup said. 

Northrup also said waiving the preliminary hearing allowed the need for the prosecution to call witnesses at this early of a stage. 

Brennan said the public does not know the entire story. 

“There is a lot more to the story that I hope will come out. I don’t believe she is the monster she is painted as. What she is accused of is a horrible thing. But it is also a traumatic thing for a 17 year old to go through.” Brennan said. 

The baby is said to be doing better each day and remains in the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. 

“The baby is doing continuously doing remarkably well and is happy and healthy,” Norhtrup said. 

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