Woman arrested in hit man hospital plot

November 3, 2010 6:22:19 PM PDT
A woman from Staten Island is in police custody, accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill hospital staffers that cared for her dying father.

38-year-old Morena Costello is facing murder for hire charges.

According to court papers, Costello tried to hire a hit man to murder two doctors and nurses at Staten Island University Hospital because she blamed them for her father's death.

Police say she hired who she thought was a hit man last week and gave a $400 down payment.

That man was actually an undercover federal agent.

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