Waneta Hoyt

Waneta Hoyt

Waneta Hoyt

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Background information
Birth name: Waneta Ethel Hoyt
Born: May 13, 1946(1946-05-13) (age 63)
New York
Number of victims: 5
Span of killings: 1965–1971
Country: USA
State(s): New York
Date apprehended: 1994

Waneta Hoyt (born 13 May, 1946) is an American serial killer. Her five biological children died, supposedly of Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS, “crib death” or “cot death”). In fact, she and her family were the subject of a classic paper in the Journal of Pediatrics in 1972, used as evidence that SIDS runs in families.

In 1995, Hoyt confessed to, and was convicted of, murdering her children.

According to Dr. Jerold Lucey, who was editor of the Journal of Pediatrics in 1972, “Huge amounts of time and money have been wasted over the last 25 years” because of Hoyt and the scientists she misled. She died in prison in 1998 of cancer[citation needed].


  • Book: The Death of Innocents by Richard Firstman and Jamie Talan
  • Begley S. The nursery’s littlest victims. Newsweek. September 22, 1997. Pp. 72-73
  • Steinschneider A. Prolonged apnea and the sudden infant death syndrome: clinical and laboratory observations. Pediatrics. 1972;50(4):221-227
  • Horizon – Sudden Death, transmitted February 25, 1999, director and producer Liz Tucker[1][2]
  • BBC News Online – Cot Death Error “cost lives” February 25 1999 [3]

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NAME Hoyt, Waneta
SHORT DESCRIPTION American serial killer
DATE OF BIRTH 1946-05-13
DATE OF DEATH August 13, 1998
PLACE OF DEATH Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in New York state

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