Plea deal stalls in baby’s death; mom still jailed

Prosecutors first want to talk with the parents of a 22-year-old Alaska woman accused of killing her newborn baby in Grand Junction, before offering a plea deal in the case, according to a court hearing Monday.

Morgan Hite has been accused of hiding her newborn baby in a closet of her parents’ north Grand Junction home in February.

Several court hearings regarding a potential plea agreement in the case have been postponed as prosecutors and defense attorneys requested more time.

Hite, who is in custody on a $1 million bond for first-degree murder charges, appeared in court Monday for a brief hearing.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister appeared annoyed, telling attorneys on both sides that if a plea agreement was not reached during the next hearing, he would set the case for trial.

Hite’s next scheduled hearing is Jan. 5.


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