(**Updated at 1 p.m. Aug. 9, 2017**)
The Leader Staff
ELMIRA - A 17-year-old Sayre Pa. woman is currently behind bars for allegedly placing her infant in a plastic bag behind a residence on the 600 block of Walnut Street.
Harriette M. Hoyt was charged with second-degree attempted murder, a class B felony offense, according to Elmira Police Sgt. William Solt. She was arraigned in Elmira City Court and sent to the Chemung County Jail.
According to a felony complaint from Elmira City Court, Hoyt allegedly placed her seven-month-old daughter in a white plastic bag and set her near some bushes in the backyard of the Walnut Street residence. Hoyt allegedly left the child there for more than three days, and she allegedly made no attempts to contact the child or anyone in regards to the child's life and safety.
Elmira police responded at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday to the residence for a report of a child that had been found alive by neighbors who were at the scene investigating a suspicious noise, Solt said.
The neighbors took the child, called 911 and began to administer aid until emergency personnel arrived on scene.
The initial responding patrolmen made contact with the neighbors and the child.
The infant was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment. The child is listed in stable condition, but has been transported to another hospital for further evaluation.
Solt said the department would not comment on whether there were other potential accomplices under investigation at this time.
The investigation into this incident will continue.
Hoyt is being held on $250,000 cash bail and $500,000 property bond. She was arraigned Tuesday evening in Elmira City Court and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday.
The Elmira Police Department is asking any witnesses or anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Elmira Police Department at 737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.