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BAIL SET AT $1 MILLION IN ATTEMPTED MURDER

Bond was set at $1 million Friday for a teen-ager who allegedly had put her 7-hour-old baby in a plastic bag, tied the top and dumped the bag into the garbage during a snowstorm.

Tanisha P. Montague, 19, is charged with attempted first-degree murder. If convicted, she could be sentenced to life in prison.

Montague gave birth alone late Tuesday. Montgomery County police said she cared for the girl for about seven hours, then, frustrated, she put the child in the bag and dumped her in a trash container at an apartment complex.

A neighbor heard the child crying and rescued her minutes before the garbage was to have been collected. She is recovering at a hospital and was expected to go into foster care next week.

"This little girl had someone looking out for her," said state's attorney Douglas Gansler. He had requested that Montague be held without bond but said he was satisfied with the $1 million figure set by the judge.

According to Gansler, Montague is in the United States illegally. She arrived from Jamaica in 1998 with a visitor's visa that expired six months later. She never left.

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