Meth-binge mother arrested after putting baby to sleep in bathtub

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Rice County
Next time you think your mom is bad, remember Amanda Hejl.
It'll be a miracle if this child turns out all right.

Amanda Rae Hejl was arrested yesterday and charged with child endangerment and neglect after exposing her one-year-old baby to meth and putting the poor youngster to sleep in a bathtub.

Hejl, 23 and a Northfield resident, was arrested while trying to retrieve her baby from social services after an acquaintance intervened and took the child away.

According to the Faribault Daily News, Hejl told police she had been staying in Faribault because she didn't have a ride back to her home in Northfield. While she was in Faribault, two people -- the report doesn't specify whether they are Hejl's friends -- dropped by for a visit.

The visitors were dismayed to smell and witness that the home was "full of meth smoke," and they asked Hejl where her baby was. Hejl told them to look in the bathroom, where the child was helplessly hanging out in the bathtub, unable to get out without being lifted.

The visitors convinced Hejl to let them take the child away from the home's squalor. They told police that the baby's clothes and car seat were also "full of meth smoke." When Hejl called asking for her child back the next morning, the visitors refused and instead brought the baby to social services.

After being taken into custody, Hejl admitted to police that she had been on a meth binge while in Faribault. She now faces up to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine.

So, when looking for a babysitter, remember to stay far away from anyone named Amanda Hejl. Otherwise you might return return home to find your baby sleeping on cold porcelain while breathing meth-infused air. 


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Really...
Really...

"So, when looking for a babysitter, remember to stay far away from anyone named Amanda Hejl. Otherwise you might return return home to find your baby sleeping on cold porcelain while breathing meth-infused air. "

Derrrrr... Hey! that's the name of the meth lady!!  Good one Aaron.

Angie
Angie

The snide tone of this article is just as disgusting. There is a small child involved here and you are poking fun at the "meth head" mom. She needs help. You don't have to like her or understand but mocking her just shows your poor character.

pizza
pizza

For the sake of humanity, please do updates when this despicable bitch gets off with an ultra light sentence, when she gets her child back soon after release, and when she re-offends once she has her child back.

Mandajlamb
Mandajlamb

I'm 24 years old and take dam good care of my kid . Plus this dumb hoe used to hang out with me and she needs a good ass whoopin from me again I don't give a fuck about she needs help we all can see that and talking and beating around the bush doesn't work with Meth heads my cousin is one I should know . There is a lot of 23 year olds that take care of their kids and there are some 35 years who don't . Fuck her and she doesn't dserve to have children so say you want and defend her all you want cause anyone. Defending her probably should be with her in Jail where all scum bag mothers belong . Meth kills people and she if you think she doesn't know any better cause she's 23 your fuckin slow and maybe you need help . 23 is pretty grown up to me and my 4 year old has more common sense thenmost of you fuckin idiots !!! Fuck Amanda Hejl what a horrible Mother and lame excuse of a human being !!!

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

Seriously! This woman is 23 years old - how many 23 year-olds do you know are responsible adults and parents even when they're not meth heads? By all means, take care of her child, and take it away if necessary, but this woman has some serious issues and needs care herself, not ridicule. Criminal neglect - definitely. She should be punished, of course. But the judgment from a bunch of anonymous writers is bullshit. Mr. Pizza underneath me here has already written her off as beyond help, so are we surprised that a society as callous and dismissive as ours creates addicts and helpless poor? People are so willing to slam the door and lock it shut, yet we somehow expect that people can be rehabilitated.

pizza
pizza

If you look, I never mentioned she is beyond help. Your post doesn't make much sense to me, it's all over the place. I'm a felon and have spent nine months of my life behind bars for far less heiniousness, it helped me immensely. How much time have you done? "Proper" punishment would help more than a suspended sentence with probation or two months in a halfway house with treatment. All this warm fuzzy rehabilitation doesn't usually work, rates of recidivism show this. If drugs were legalized, this potentially wouldn't have happened in the first place. Perhaps if they were legalized she wouldn't have had to hide her use from loved ones who would have intervened and taken her poor child earlier. Since meth would be cheaper if drugs were legalized, perhaps she could have at least afforded a crib for the kid. 

pizza
pizza

@ Hurdygurdy: she more than likely will re-offend, that's the sad reality, though it's obviously not an absolute. Also, better check your premise: you castigate those for pre-judging a person we already know did a horrible thing, yet you pre-judge me, a perfect stranger, calling me a liar for telling my story. Practice what you preach.

HurdyGurdy
HurdyGurdy

"and when she re-offends once she has her child back."

Sounds like a prediction of her inevitable return to criminal neglect and drug use. Your personal story doesn't mean much, because it's likely a lie, or at least impossible to verify, and putting people behind bars has not been shown to reduce recidivism. In fact, many would argue that incarcerating people, especially young people, possibly furthers their involvement in crime culture by placing them around the influence of more criminals, and not socially-minded, upstanding citizens.

But, regardless, this isn't an argument about what type of punishment is most effective, or whether drugs should be legalized. It's about our judgemental attitudes towards offenders only reinforcing their destructive and anti-social behavior. Telling this woman she's a monster can only hurt her, not inspire her to be better.

Hi Pals
Hi Pals

And congrats on your felony, dumbass.

Hi Pals
Hi Pals

You reek of Ron Paul BS. Called it!

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