Alaska woman pleads guilty in death of newborn in Grand Junction
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” An Alaska woman accused in the death of her newborn has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and is awaiting sentencing in the case.
Twenty-three-year-old Morgan Hite of Wasilla, Alaska cried as she appeared in a Grand Junction, Colorado courtroom Monday and entered a guilty plea to a charge of child abuse resulting in death. In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dropped several other charges including first-degree murder.
Hite was accused of giving birth to a boy, now called Gabriel, at a friend’s Grand Junction home in February 2008. Prosecutors say she then put the boy in a bag, walked to her parents’ home and left the bag in a closet.
Hite’s parents found the boy’s decomposing body in April.
Hite faces 16 to 24 years in prison when she’s sentenced March 19.