A Pennsylvania woman has been arrested and charged with murder after she gave birth to a baby in a women's room at a sports bar, then stuffed the newborn into a plastic bag and ditched him in the tank behind a toilet.
According to local news reports, 26-year-old Amanda Hein was with friends at Starters Pub near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for an evening of pay-per-view wrestling when she disappeared into the women's room at the pub, returning some 40 minutes later with blood on her clothes but insisting she was okay.
The next morning one of the bar's cleaning crew found the body of the premature, but viable, baby boy in one of the women's restroom toilets. Hein admitted to police that she had given birth to a healthy baby in the bar's bathroom, afterward wrapping the child in a plastic bag she took from a trash container, and stuffing him into the toilet tank.
According to court documents, Hein then returned to her friends in the bar where she watched the end of an advertised “SummerSlam” pro wrestling broadcast for another hour before leaving.
District Attorney John Morganelli said police were able to track down Hein because the booth where she was sitting was covered with blood. A seating chart provided by the pub showed that a party of four had reserved the booth. The reservation led police to Luis Rivera, one of Hein's friends at the bar that evening, who in turn provided detectives with Hein's identity.
According to the county coroner, Hein's baby was born late in the third trimester, but was otherwise healthy. The coroner ruled that the baby died from suffocation, and that the death was a homicide. Court documents show that Hein discovered in May or June that she was pregnant, but did not tell anyone.
Because of the child's age — and the fact that he was born live rather than aborted — Hein will face a murder charge and could be sentenced to death if convicted.
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