An Oklahoma woman accused of killing her newborn baby in a Fort Dodge motel room was formally charged with first-degree murder during a 3 p.m. hearing Thursday in Webster County Magistrate Court.
Hillary Tyler, 31, Mulhall, Okla., had been scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, the day after a baby's body was discovered in a room at the Super 8 motel, 3755 Fifth Ave. S. However, Tyler was not able to appear due to medical reasons.
Tyler, who was booked into the Webster County Jail around 2:30 p.m., was shackled and handcuffed for her initial appearance. Magistrate William Thatcher informed her that first-degree murder is a Class A felony, "the most severe type of criminal charge we have in the state of Iowa." He then read Tyler her rights and gave her a copy of the complaint against her.
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Hillary Tyler, 31, of Mulhall, Okla., was formally charged with first-degree murder Thursday afternoon in Webster County Magistrate Court.
Thatcher set bond at $1 million, following the recommendation of Webster County Attorney Ricki Osborn, who cited the nature of the offense and Tyler's lack of local ties.
Osborn said Tyler has ties to Oklahoma and Wyoming.
A preliminary hearing in Tyler's case is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday.
Late Tuesday morning, officers from the Fort Dodge Police Department responded to a call at the motel and discovered the body of a newborn. Investigation determined that the death was not from natural causes. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Webster County Sheriff's office, Webster County Attorney's office and the Webster County Medical Examiner joined the investigation.
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