Police arrest mother, 26, for murder after she 'gave birth in bathroom of busy sports bar and dumped live baby in a toilet cistern before coolly returning to watch a wrestling match in blood-stained clothes'
- Employees at Starters Pub near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, found a dead baby inside the tank of the toilet in the women's bathroom August 17
- Police say Amanda Catherine Hein, 26, of Allentown, admitted to giving birth to a live baby and suffocating it
- She said she had known she was pregnant for months and did not tell anyone about pregnancy or going into labor
- After allegedly killing her baby, Hein smoked a cigarette and continued watching pay-per-view wrestling for an hour until she went home
- She could face the death penalty, if convicted
A woman who gave birth in the bathroom of a busy sports bar then killed her baby and hid it in the toilet was tracked down and arrested after police traced a blood stain the woman left on the booth where she was sitting, it was revealed today.
Amanda Catherine Hein, 26, was at Starters Pub near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, watching pay-per-view wrestling with three friends August 17, when she left and went to the bathroom for about 40 minutes. She returned with blood on her clothes, but insisted she was fine.
Police say Hein went outside and smoked a cigarette, then returned to her friends and continued watching the match.
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Charged: Amanda Hein, 26, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has been charged with murder after admitting to killing her live newborn son
Horror: This is the toilet where the baby was found wrapped in a trash bag and hidden in the tank
Starts Pub sports bar was crowded with wrestling fans watching a major pay-per-view match when Hein gave birth in the bathroom
The next morning, a janitor who checked on the toilet after complaints that it would not flush, found the child wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, submerged in the tank behind the toilet seat.
Hein was charged with murder Monday and could face the death penalty.
The Lehigh Valley Express-Times reports that an autopsy found that Hein had given birth to a healthy, full-term baby boy. The child suffocated to death.
Hein said she realized she was pregnant in May or June, but did not tell anyone. None of her friends who were with her the night she gave birth knew that she was carrying a child.
They also did not know she had gone into labor on August 17.
That night, Hein and three male friends reserved a booth at Starters bar to watch the
WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view wrestling match.
WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view wrestling match.
Hein said she realized she was pregnant in May or June but never told anyone about it
Hein is charged with murder and could face the death penalty if convicted because of the age of the baby
The grisly find at a popular pub shocked residents of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania
Her friends told police she was complaining of back pain and spasms during the match. When she excused herself, she was gone for so long that they began to send her text messages.
After she allegedly killed the baby, she stayed at the bar for another hour.
She had blood on her clothing, but refused to go home until the match was over.
After the discovery of the child in the toilet, the waiters at Starters told police they remembered having to clean up blood at one of the booths on August 17.
Managers at the bar were able to look up who reserved the booth - which led detectives to Luis Rivera - one of Hein's friends.
Starters Pub: A fetus was found in the bathroom of the busy restaurant and pub
Rivera led police to Hein.
When she was questioned by officers, she admitted that she had given birth to a live baby and that she had killed him and hid him the toilet after wrapping him in a plastic bag she took from the bathroom garbage can.
Because of the age of the child, Hein could be sentenced to death, if convicted of murder.
Bar owner David Rank said his staff were extremely upset by the grisly incident. He allowed those who wished to go home, others opted to stay and Rank opened the pub to customers at 1pm, two hours later than usual.
'My biggest concern is for my employees, the mother, the baby,' said Rank.
'I just want everyone to say prayers for them.'
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