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Waneta Hoyt

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Birth name: Waneta Ethel Nixon
Born: May 13, 1946(1946-05-13)
Died: August 13, 1998
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 1965 – 1971
Country: USA
State(s): New York
Date apprehended: 1994

Waneta Ethel Hoyt (13 May 1946 in Richford, New York - 13 August 1998 at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women [1]) was an American serial killer.

She dropped out of Newark Valley High School in the 10th grade to marry Tim Hoyt on 11 January 1964. Their son, Eric, died on 26 January 1965, only forty-eight days after he was born on 17 October 1964. None of the couple's other children - James (31 May 1966 - 26 September 1968), Julie (19 July - 5 September 1968), Molly (18 March - 5 June 1970), and Noah (9 May - 28 July 1971) - lived past 28 months. It was believed that the babies had died of Sudden infant death syndrome until Hoyt confessed in 1994 that she had suffocated them. On 11 September 1996, she was sentenced to 75 years in prison.


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