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Amanda Hein takes the stand, claims she did not know child was born alive

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 09 2014 05:00:16 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 10 2014 05:37:16 AM CDT

The woman accused of giving birth in a restaurant bathroom and then leaving that baby in a toilet tank gave her side of the story Wednesday from the witness stand.

EASTON, Pa. -

The woman accused of giving birth in a restaurant bathroom and then leaving the baby in a toilet tank gave her side of the story Wednesday from the witness stand.

Amanda Hein of Allentown said she thought she had more time to decide what to do about her pregnancy.

The defense also called two doctors to the witness stand; one testified baby boy Hein suffered from pneumonia, and infection.

Hein talked about giving birth to a baby in the women's bathroom at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Twp., Northampton Co.back in August.

The 27-year-old woman said while using the bathroom, she looked down and saw the baby's head.

Hein said the baby wasn't breathing or moving when she placed him in a plastic bag and put the bag in a toilet tank.

Hein also told the court she thought the baby was dead and didn't place it in the tank to kill it.

During cross examination Hein testified, "I know I acted recklessly but I didn't know he was alive. I didn't know it was alive until I was told by police."

While trying to prove she committed first degree murder, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli questioned Hein about the days after the baby was discovered.

Hein said she was still in shock, but Morganelli asked Hein about wanting to commit suicide.

Morganelli presented hospital records saying Hein planned to jump off the 8th Street Bridge in Allentown.

She wrote a suicide letter the day after giving birth at Starters with the first line stating, "I'm sorry for everything I've done and everything I didn't do."

Hein has already pleaded guilty to a general charge of murder.

It's up to the jury to decide whether she intended to kill the baby.

Hein was on the witness stand for over two hours.

The defense still has one more witness to present in the case.

Court resumes Thursday morning.