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Mother Convicted 25 Years After Killing Kids

Sat., April 22, 1995, midnight

Waneta Hoyt, the 48-year-old woman accused of smothering her five infant children a quarter of a century ago, was convicted of their deaths Friday.

In 1972, a leading medical journal cited the deaths of two infants from rural New York, “MH” and “NH,” as compelling evidence that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ran in families.

Friday, a jury found that the babies, Molly Hoyt and Noah Hoyt, were murdered by their mother, as were two brothers and a sister before them.

Hoyt had confessed to state troopers last year that she had smothered her babies because she could not stand their crying, but she subsequently recanted. She now faces at least 15 years to life for each conviction.

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