A 17-year-old Pennsylvania woman is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly placing her baby girl in a plastic bag and leaving her in a backyard for three days before being discovered, PEOPLE confirms.
Police in Elmira, New York, arrested Harriette Hoyt, of Sayre, and charged her with attempted second-degree murder after neighbors stumbled upon the little girl, still alive, after hearing a “suspicious noise,” police said in a statement.
The neighbors took the child, called police and gave her aid until police arrived. The baby was taken to a hospital where she was listed in stable condition on Tuesday, authorities said in the statement.
“My sister came out of the porch and went to the backyard of my neighbor’s house with a stick, thinking it was a dog,” Seals’ sister Karen told the police.
Hoyt is being held at Chemung County Jail on $250,000 and is expected to appear in court on Monday, Elmira police and jail officials tell PEOPLE. She has pleaded not guilty. She has a public defender, but PEOPLE was unable to find out the attorney’s name or reach the attorney.