Extradition begins for mom accused in death

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Extradition proceedings have begun to return Morgan Hite to Colorado to stand trial for the death of her infant son.

The 22-year-old Wasilla woman was arrested earlier this month in Alaska and charged with first degree murder in the February death of her newborn baby.

Gov. Sarah Palin signed a warrant for her extradition on Wednesday. The next step is a court hearing in Palmer, where her lawyers will be given about five days to decide if the paperwork is in order.

Police said Hite secretly delivered a baby boy in a neighbor's bathtub, then wrapped him in a garbage bag, put him in a plastic tote and put the baby in a bedroom closet at her family's home in Grand Junction.

They said the body remained hidden for two months before Hite's father and stepmother discovered it wrapped in a towel.

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