Inside Harriette Hoyt’s plea deal that puts her behind bars for 9 years

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Harriette Hoyt, 17, plead guilty Friday for attempted murder in the second degree after leaving her eight month old baby abandoned, outside in a plastic bag for nearly 72 hours.

Hoyt plead guilty after reaching a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s office.

Under the plea agreement, Hoyt will serve 9 years in prison, with 5 years post release supervision.

“I don’t think this is giving her a break, she’ll have a violent felony adult conviction on her record, and is serving 9 years in a Sate Correctional Facility,” Terry Northrup, Chemung County Assistant D.A., said.

If Hoyt had gone to trial and was found guilty of attempted murder, she could have faced up to 25 years in prison. Northrup says despite a plea deal, they did have a strong case against Hoyt.

“D.A. Wetmore is incredibly interested in the pursuit of justice, and he thought this was a just and fair offer, giving the circumstances of the case and the age,” Nothrup said.

17-year-old Hoyt would be eligible for youthful offender status. However, under the agreement she is being charged as an adult. 

Northrup says Hoyt’s age and psychological evaluation, among other pieces of the investigation, ultimately were the factors in deciding the plea deal.

“Your leaving a child in a plastic garbage bag for 72 hours unattended. The seriousness of it should alone say that youthful offender should not apply to this,” Ronald Gunn, Investigator of the Elmira Police Dept., said.

Gunn lead the interviews with Hoyt and says she never gave any reason and did not show remorse. He believes the plea deal is fair.

Back in August, Hoyt was accused of leaving her baby girl in a plastic bag in the back of 609 Walnut Street.

The baby was found almost 72 hours later.

Hoyt’s official sentencing will be held on January 26th at 9 p.m. at the Chemung County Courthouse.

The baby is said to be doing incredibly well and is currently in foster care until permanent custody is still being decided. That investigation is being handled by Child Protective Services,

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