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Published On: Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014

Amanda Hein, Pennsylvania woman, pleads guilty to murder charge for leaving newborn in bathroom

A woman accused of giving birth in a bathroom at a Pennsylvania sports bar, wrapping the newborn in a plastic bag and hiding him in a toilet tank pleaded guilty to a general murder charge as her trial moves ahead this week.

Amanda Hein, age 27, entered the plea during her pretrial hearing as a trial will still proceed with a jury set to determine if she will be convicted of first-degree murder or third-degree murder. First-degree would carry a life sentence in prison and the latter, 20-40 years max.

The prosecutor outlined the details of the case and Hein answered questions from the judge and the prosecuting attorney. Hein claims she was taking medication for severe depression, but did confess to “understanding” what she was doing.

The baby’s body was found by a cleaning crew in the toilet and a coroner’s report confirmed the child was born alive.

Defense appears to be set to argue that the baby was born with an illness and Hein believed the infant had died; therefore, she never had “intent to kill” which is required for the first-degree murder conviction.

“We are going to argue on your behalf that you acted in extreme recklessness of life,” Corriere told Hein during the hearing.

District Attorney John Morganelli said after the hearing that the plea provided a guaranteed conviction without a lengthy appeal process.

Morganelli also said Hein’s mental health issues would have made it difficult for her to be sentenced to death, and noted that no Pennsylvania death row inmate has been executed in 15 years. 

“Realistically, death penalties are not conferred in Pennsylvania,” he said.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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