Mom Kills Newborn in Sports Bar Bathroom, Returns to Wrestling Match
A woman in Pennsylvania is being held without bail after she was charged with callously murdering her baby shortly after giving birth to him in a sports bar bathroom.
Local authorities say Amanda Catherine Hein of Allentown was at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township on August 18th with three male companions.
While watching a pay-per-view wrestling event, Hein suddenly complained of back pain and headed for the restroom.
It was there police say she quickly realized she was going into labor and soon give birth to a premature baby boy.
Though he arrived at least a month early, the baby was otherwise healthy, according to County Coroner Zachary Lysek.
The 26-year-old would later confess to investigators that she suffocated the child with a garbage bag, and left his body inside a toilet tank.
Covered in blood, Hein eventually returned to her party after a 40-minute absence, but refused to tell the men what happened.
She reportedly continued watching the WWE SummerSlam for another hour before leaving the bar.
A friend of Hein's said she refused medical assistance, claiming she didn't have insurance. None of the men had any idea Hein was pregnant.
According to Starters owner David Rank, it was a cleaning crew that found the boy's body inside the toilet the following day.
The identity of the father remains unknown.
Hein was subsequently arrested and charged with the intentional killing of a child under the age of 12.
If convicted, she faces a possible death sentence.
NBC Philadelphia points out that Pennsylvania's Safe Haven Law would have allowed Hein to turn her child over a hospital free of legal consequences.