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Amanda Hein, accused of killing newborn, 'suffers' from major depression, says her attorney

Published On: Jan 29 2014 03:45:14 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2014 08:36:35 AM CST

The lawyer for the woman accused of leaving her newborn baby to die in a toilet at a Northampton County restaurant says his client suffers from major depression and other disorders.

Amanda Hein, accused of murdering her newborn baby inside a Northampton County restaurant last summer, "suffers" from major depression and several other disorders, according to court paperwork filed by her attorney Wednesday.

Hein, who is charged with homicide, was arrested last August after investigators said she gave birth in a bathroom stall at the Lower Saucon Township Starter's Pub, wrapped the baby in a plastic bag and placed him in a toilet tank, leaving him to die.

Hein's attorney, Michael Corriere, submitted a notice of expert evidence Wednesday saying his client "suffers" from various conditions, including major depression, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, self-mutilation and attention deficit disorder, as determined by two doctors following preliminary examinations.

Defense experts are completing their assessment and evaluations of Hein to determine if she had a mental condition at the time of the alleged murder, according to the court documents.

The defense's records made no further claims or conclusions on Hein's condition, other than to note that " the defense can not provide a more conclusive offer of proof as medical testing is currently ongoing."

The defense says additional information on Hein's mental condition could be made available once the evaluations are complete.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Hein.

During an interview with 69 News last November, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Hein told no one of her pregnancy and made no plans for the child's birth; behavior that he says shows Hein had planned to kill her baby.

"I think that it's going to be admitted that she was pregnant, that she gave birth in that stall that she in fact suffocated this baby and killed it. I think that what we're going to see in this case is some kind of mental health defense perhaps at best," Morganelli said during that interview.

The trial has been set for early April.