Defense To Conduct Autopsy Of Baby Left In Toilet At Starters Pub

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Defense attorneys for a woman accused of killing her newborn baby after secretly giving birth in a bathroom of a Lower Saucon Township pub will conduct an outside autopsy of the body.

Amanda C. Hein, 27, of Allentown was charged last month with homicide after authorities said she delivered a healthy and viable boy in a bathroom stall of Starters Pub, placed him in a plastic bag and left him in the tank of the toilet.

In a letter to prosecutors this week, Northampton County Chief Public Defender Michael Corriere said he has retained a forensic pathologist, Dr. Supriya Kuruvilla, to conduct an autopsy for the defense.

The request wasn’t unexpected, since the viability of the baby — initially called a “fetus” by Lower Saucon police, the same term Corriere used — could be a key argument in Hein’s case.

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DA Says Mother Suffocated Newborn Baby Found In Starters Pub Toilet

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The 26-year-old Allentown woman kept her pregnancy secret from everyone, authorities now believe.

So secret that when Amanda C. Hein began complaining about back pain while sitting in a booth at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township, the three men she was with had no idea she was about to give birth, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday.

But that night of Aug. 18, Hein delivered a son after leaving the table — laboring in a bathroom stall of the popular sports bar on Route 378 while she ignored her friends’ text messages as they worried why she was gone for so long.

Then she took that “alive and viable” boy of 33 to 36 weeks’ gestation and killed him, putting him in a plastic bag and leaving him in the tank of the toilet, Morganelli said in announcing homicide charges for a death he was unable to explain.

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DA: Dead Baby, Not Fetus, Discovered In Toilet Tank

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It was a dead baby, and not a fetus, that was found in a toilet tank at Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township last week, District Attorney John Morganelli said in a news release Monday.

“Deceased baby” were the words Morganelli chose as he announced a news conference this afternoon to discuss the status of the criminal investigation into the gruesome discovery Aug. 19 at the popular sports bar on Route 378.

That runs counter to the description offered by Lower Saucon police, who used “fetus” to the media.

The body was found by a cleaning crew in a women’s restroom at Starters, but investigators have disclosed few details about the circumstances.

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Starters Pub Owner Says Crew Found Fetus In Restaurant

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A dead baby was found Monday inside Starters Pub in Lower Saucon Township, and authorities are treating it as a crime, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said.

Lower Saucon police and the county coroner’s office are investigating at Starters on Route 378.

Dave Rank, the owner of Starters, said a cleaning crew went into a bathroom about 10 a.m. and had trouble flushing a toilet. He said that’s when the crew found what he described as a fetus in the tank — not the bowl — of the toilet.

Rank, who was visibly upset, said, “I feel for the baby, I feel for the mother.”

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