At just 27, Amanda Hein's life seems all but over. The young woman was just sentenced to life in prison. Her crime? She killed her baby boy after giving birth to him in the bathroom of a bar last August. Now many are asking the question if this sentence is fair. The answer is simple:
Yes. A resounding yes.
Hers is certainly a tragic story. She pleaded guilty to smothering her baby just moments after he was born alive and healthy at a pub in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Instead of going to get help, she wrapped him in a plastic bag and hid his tiny body in the toilet tanks.
Missing for nearly 40 minutes, her friends were texting her, but she never responded. When she came back to the group, she was covered in blood stains but asked them to ignore it.
Clearly there was something wrong with her -- and not just physically. My first inclination when I hear these types of cases is to be empathetic. Things are rarely cut and dry. There is no telling what exactly brought her to that horrid decision. Did she have a bad home life? Was she abused and neglected? I can't help but assume there is some hidden horror there.
The poor girl was probably scared and her hormones were out of control after the delivery. She has since said that she was on drugs for depression. Her lawyers claimed that she thought the baby had died and panicked. However, that doesn't explain her behavior following the incident. She continued to drink and smoke with friends. But there is just no way to give a crime like this leniency. What she did was despicable. She could have walked out of that bathroom, leaving that defenseless baby for someone else to find -- but she didn’t. It's sad to say, but she deserves every single year of that sentence.
Do you think this sentence was too harsh?
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