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
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Discussions about the racism of law enforcement have taken a national stage. On a local level, though, conversations about cultural sensitivity and policing remain important. In Hastings, Michigan, the story of a sergeant who learned of his black heritage late in life and then faced racist harassment from his colleagues may just be a microcosm of bigger problems.
The New York Times investigated the situation of Cleon Brown, who had assumed he was part Native American. Brown became more interested in his bloodlines after his daughter was diagnosed at birth for an illness that is more typically found in African-Americans. A DNA test from Ancestry.com showed Brown to have 18% of his genes coming from sub-Saharan Africa. He had no Native American in him at all.
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