A woman, believed to be at the center of an alleged disappearance of an infant nearly 13 years ago in Florida, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in Livingston County Circuit Court at Chillicothe.
Sandy Hatte entered the guilty plea Wednesday to amended charges of interference with custody. The charge was reduced from felony child abduction to a misdemeanor upon a filing this week by the Livingston County Prosecuting Attorney.
Court records show Judge James Valbracht sentenced her to one year in jail with the sentenced suspended. She was placed on two years of probation.
One of the conditions is 30 days of jail time with credit given for time served. Other conditions including not having any contact with her son or grandson during probation. She's also to pay for her incarceration ($900); court costs ($106); crime victims fund ($10); and public defender fees ($125) that collectively total more than 11 hundred dollars. She was given time to make arrangements to pay.
60 year old Sandy Hatte was arrested September 18th following a law enforcement investigation into her attempts to enroll a student into classes at Chula; and the information provided was questioned by school officials who contacted the Livingston County Sheriff's office. A news release last month indicated evidence shows the woman and her grandson had been in Livingston county not more than 30 days; that they have resided in other cities and states since December of 2000.
Ms. Hatte could still face charges in other states, including the possibility of kidnapping charges in Florida.