A Pennsylvania woman convicted this week of killing her newborn son testified that she thought she was having a bowel movement when she gave birth and then believed the baby boy was dead.
Amanda Hein, 27, pleaded guilty last month to smothering her baby in a bathroom in a Bethlehem bar on Aug. 18, 2013, then hiding his body in a toilet tank.
A jury found her guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday, and she was sentenced life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Hein testified that she was at Starters Pub to celebrate a friend’s birthday, when she went to the restroom to have what she thought was a bowel movement. Then she saw the head of the baby.
She told the court she thought the baby boy was dead and that’s why she hid his body in the toilet tank.
Friends told police that Hein then took her purse and went outside to smoke.
The baby was found wrapped in a plastic bag inside the toilet tank by a cleaning crew the next day.
District Attorney John Morganelli told the jury that Hein learned she was pregnant a couple of months before the incident and never sought prenatal care.
He said she continued to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana and cigarettes after she learned she was pregnant.
“This was a very difficult case,” Judge Paula Roscioli told the jury of seven men and five women. “This was a very emotional case.”