Harriette Hoyt, a 17-year-old woman and the mother of an infant found in an Elmira woman’s trash can, has been arrested.
The “mom,” pictured above, was from neighboring Sayre, Pa., which, according to the Washington Post, is about a 20-mile drive from Elmira near the Pennsylvania-New York border.
Elmira Police are still seeking more information and witnesses to build a case. As for the child’s discovery, heroic Karen Seals heard a sound that “sounded like an animal” coming from her neighbor’s trash heap.
“My sister came out off the porch and went to the side to the back yard of my neighbor’s house with a stick, thinking it was a dog,” Seals said. “We thought it was a dog, honey, and it wasn’t. It was a baby!”
The colorful Seals said the baby’s legs were “dangling out the bag, so I said, ‘You guys, it’s a baby,’ and they’re looking at me like ‘It’s a baby?’ I said, ‘Yeah it’s a baby.’ So I ran up, I picked her up, I tore the bag that she was in.”
The child would not respond and did not appear to be breathing, so Seals and crew rushed her into the house and poured water into her mouth. This elicited a gasp from the child and made the signs of life a bit more obvious.
Still, she wasn’t out of the woods. When medical personnel arrived, they transferred her to the hospital and continued to provide lifesaving assistance. The child was later shipped to a second hospital for continued care.
While we wouldn’t say she’s doing “fine” now — her own mother allegedly threw her out like rubbish — she is going to live and shouldn’t have any trouble finding a home.
Typically newborns are highly sought after in foster care programs, provided Hoyt doesn’t have some responsible, caring family members up for the task of raising a child.
The infant, whose name was not released for obvious reasons, was reportedly in the trash bag for “several hours,” authorities said.
(Featured Image: Chemung County Sheriff’s Office)