A mother who stuffed her healthy baby boy down a toilet after giving birth in a bar is facing the death penalty.
Catherine Hein, 27, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, US gave birth to an 'alive and viable' boy – who was born prematurely four to seven weeks early - in the bathroom of a pub on August 18 before continuing to watch a pay-per-view wrestling match with three male friends.
She had found out she was pregnant in May or June but didn't tell anyone.
Authorities believe Hein tore the umbilical cord with her hands, and cleaned up the stall before leaving the bathroom. She was in the bathroom for about 40 minutes.
The next day, janitors found the baby's body after the toilet wouldn't flush. Opening the tank, they uncovered the body wrapped in a plastic bag that had lined a small rubbish bin in the stall.
If convicted of murder, Hein could be sentenced to death because of the age of the child,
When she was questioned by officers, Hein admitted that she had given birth to a live baby and that she had killed him and hid him the toilet after wrapping him in a plastic bag she took from the bathroom rubbish bin.
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