Midwife from Yates County rejects plea deal, as she faces nearly 100 felony charges

The Yates County midwife who faces nearly 100 felony charges has rejected a plea deal that would have seen her only do a small amount of jail time.

It also came with the potential of doing no jail time at all.

Elizabeth Catlin turned down a deal in which she would have pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, unauthorized practice of midwifery, and a forgery charge.

Judge Jason Cook would have sentenced her to five years probation and up to six months in jail.

Catlin did not have proper state licensing to practice midwifery. She mostly practiced in the Mennonite community in the Penn Yan-area.

She was originally arrested in November 2018. She was arrested a month later, allegedly continuing to practice.

A pretrial hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 10. A trial date could be set at that time.