17-Year-Old Mom Charged After Neighbor Finds Baby Abandoned In Plastic Bag For 3 Days

"Her legs were just dangling in the bag. Her head was in the bag."

By Jaime Lutz

Police arrested a New York state teenager on charges that she left her baby abandoned in a trash bag for three days before she was found, USA Today reported.

Harriette M. Hoyt, 17, was charged with second-degree attempted murder after neighbors discovered the child, who was between 8 months and 2 years old, according to differing reports.

Reportedly, they heard something that they initially believed was an animal crying behind a block of clapboard houses. At about 1 pm on Tuesday, they discovered that the noise was coming from a baby girl with feet sticking out of a white garbage bag.

"Her legs were just dangling in the bag. Her head was in the bag. Her whole head was covered all the way down. I tore it," said the neighbor who rescued the girl, Kayla Seals, to WENY-TV

"I picked her up. I took her in the bathroom,” Seals said to WETM. “I mean, she was hardly breathing honey. Her eyes weren't even open."

"She wasn't breathing, but she opened her mouth for me and I dropped some water in there and she started gasping for air after I did that,” Seals said. “Her eyes weren't opening so I cleaned her eyes, so eyes would open up to me and I just spoke to her 'c'mon baby, c'mon baby, c'mon sweetness.’”

Seals and other good samaritans brought the child inside and called 911, caring for her until emergency responders arrived.

The girl, who was discovered dehydrated but otherwise uninjured, is now in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery, police said.

"We are looking at about 72-hours in the bag," said Elmira Police Sgt. Bill Solt. "She's a miracle baby."

Hoyt was arraigned on Tuesday night. She is being tried as an adult.

[Image: Elmira Police Department]

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