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LATEST: Hoyt's preliminary hearing waived

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - The mother accused of leaving her baby for dead was back in court Friday.

Harriette Hoyt is charged with attempted murder and intent to cause death.

Police say the 17-year-old put her 8-month old daughter in a trash bag and left it behind a house on Walnut Street. Neighbors discovered the bag more than 72 hours later.

Friday's court appearance was supposed to be a preliminary hearing. However, the prosecution and defense reached a deal, waiving the hearing and the possibility of extradition to Hoyt's home in Pennsylvania.

In exchange, Hoyt was given a reduced bail and an open file discovery from the district attorney.

Hoyt's attorney, John Brennan says, "the next step in the process is the district attorney would have to present the case to the grand jury. If the grand jury votes to indict then the next proceedings will be in Chemung County Court."

"The grand jury proceedings are secret. So I can't comment on that at all," says Assistant District Attorney Terry Northrup. "So, the matter has been removed from this court to grand jury for further proceedings." 

WENY is told, part of the reason they were able to make this deal is in part because of how well the 8-month-old is doing.

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