New details into investigation on baby found in plastic bag


An 8 month old was found in a plastic bag Tuesday afternoon.

Terry Northrup, Assistant District Attorney, said the infant was left unattended for over 72 hours. 

“What our investigation revealed is that the baby was left in a white plastic bag, between Saturday and yesterday outdoors,” Northrup said. 

The child was found by neighbors on the 600 block of Walnut St.

 Harriette Hoyt, 17, is the mother of the child and is charged with attempted murder in the second degree. 

“She is the only suspect. There’s is no alleged accomplice,” Northrup said. 

Police were able to find Hoyt through extensive interviews with neighbors.

Although the baby was found in Elmira, Hoyt is from Sayre, Pennsylvania. According to neighbors, Hoyt is friends with the person who resides in the house, where the baby was found outside of. 

Hoyt has no criminal history. Due to her age, the court will have to decide whether she will be convicted as an adult or a minor. 

“If she is convicted as an adult, that is a 5 year minimum term, to 25 years, in a New York State Correctional Facility. That’s different if the court, in its own discretion, determines she is a youthful offender,” Northrup said.

Hoyt is being held at the Chemung County Jail until her court appearance. The preliminary hearing is Monday at 1 PM in the Elmira City Court.

Northrup said the District Attorney office is gathering all information and evidence, and then will decide whether they will take the case directly to the grand jury. In this case, the preliminary hearing would be waved.

The child is at the Strong Memorial Hospital in the Pediatric and Intensive Care Unit, and is said to be doing well.

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