Plea deal delayed for Alaska woman

Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Attorneys for an Alaska woman accused in the death of her newborn have one week to finalize a plea agreement with prosecutors or the case may be scheduled for trial.

Twenty-two-year-old Morgan Hite of Wasilla, is accused of giving birth to a healthy baby boy at a friend's home in February 2008. She then allegedly put the boy in a bag, went to her parents' Grand Junction home and left the bag in a closet.

Hite's parents found the child's decomposing body April 29.

Hite appeared in a Mesa County courtroom Monday, but her lawyers along with prosecutors asked a judge for more time to talk with the woman's family before finalizing a plea deal.

A judge indicated last month he would set a trial date if a plea agreement wasn't reached by Jan. 5.

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