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Hunt waives preliminary hearing, requests bond reduction

Brittany Nichole Hunt, 27, of Westover, the woman accused of putting her newborn baby inside a backpack and then putting the backpack inside a crawl space in her residence, waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Friday.

Hunt was taken into custody July 15 and charged with gross child neglect. Her bond was set at $150,000.  She is currently being held at North Central Regional Jail.

Hunt’s attorney did request a bond reduction for his client, citing a minimal criminal history prior to this incident, and family members willing to support the woman.

Magistrate Judge Ron Bane agreed to lower Hunt’s bond to $75,000 in addition to required day report.

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