Police: Oak Park Heights Woman Charged after Locking Boy Outside in T-Shirt and Diaper

When police arrived, neighbors told the officer that they found the child standing at the sidewalk at the bottom of the stairs, crying and shivering, according to a complaint filed by the Washington County Attorney's Office. The temperature was 34

A 26-year-old Oak Park Heights woman was charged by the Washington County Attorney's Office with child endangerment after she allegedly locked her 4-year-old child out of the house last week wearing only a T-shirt and a diaper.

Oak Park Heights police were called to a home in the 14600 block of 62nd Street North just after 8 a.m. Dec. 2, for a complaint that a child was locked out of the house and his mother was screaming that she did not want the child in the home.

When police arrived, neighbors told officers that they found the child outside after receiving a telephone call from the father—who was at towrk at the time of the report—asking them to go check on his children.

Amber Lynn Viellieux allegedly left the child outside when the temperature was 34 degrees. The neighbors told police when they went outside they saw the child standing at the sidewalk at the bottom of the stairs, crying and shivering.

The neighbors wrapped the child in a comforter to warm him up and he was very scared as to what was happening, the complaint states.

The child was “very frightened and would not speak to the officer, which was unusual from his past interaction with the child,” the complaint states. The neighbors also told police there was a 3-year-old child still in the apartment with Viellieux and expressed concern for the child's safety.

Neighbors also told police they heard Viellieux swearing at the children and telling them that she hates them and did not want them around.

When police spoke with Viellieux she blamed the children’s father for not being at home, the complaint states. When police told Viellieux she was under arrest for child endangerment she allegedly grabbed the 3-year-old child, “tightly in a bear hug” and would not let him go.

The officers had to use force to place Viellieux into custody and take control of the child, the complaint states. Viellieux reportedly became belligerent with officers and resisted arrest.

The children were taken in by neighbors until their father arrived.

Viellieux was charged with child endangerment, neglect and resisting arrest.

The children’s father told the Pioneer Press the incident was blown out of proportion.

"She takes very good care of the kids," the children’s father told the Pioneer Press. "She does what she's supposed to. But it was all the stress. ... She's trying as hard as she can."

John December 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
That is sad, that poor boy is very neglected, 4 yrs old and still wears a diaper, this boy needs a new home
HHF34 December 11, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I know it sounds shocking, but there are a lot of 4-yo's in diapers/pullups now adays. Especially with "Attachment Parenting" they wait until the child is "ready" or school age. There also there are kids with anatomy problems that potty training is difficult at best for bowel movements (kid you not, some kids can plug toilets they're that huge!).. Are there problems in that house, no question, I'm guessing having some form of full-time daycare would be a more effective way to address how overwhelmed the mom is and resolve things than taking the kids away!
Stacey December 11, 2012 at 10:24 PM
And who will pay for this daycare? If she can't handle being a full time mom then that is the issue that needs to be addressed.
katie December 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I dont care how frustrated i get with my kids i eould and could never do what this person has done i have a 4 year old son and i just couldnt imagine doing that to him
iamom December 12, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I'm assuming that by living where they stated they are in Section 8 housing.. Birchwood appartments. Where everyone thinks your business is their own. That being said, she should have put her toddler in his room and left him there for a bit, outside in a diaper in 34 degree weather while swearing at your children is completely unacceptable parenting. If the father said the situation was "blown out of proportion" one can only assume the way the children are treated when both parents are home. :(
Susan December 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
She is stressing me out thinking about it. Maybe we should throw her outside in her underwear... Sometimes an eye for an eye is good medicine, especially where children are concerned!
i-hate-trashy-people December 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Why are people so sick?!?!? I get stressed to the max watching my kids all day theres no doubt about that. but to throw your half naked child outside in just about freezing temps is far beyond anything I could even think of doing if I was to my boiling point with my kids.... I wouldn't even think of doing something anywhere near that. I cant!! I love them so much my stocmah hurts just thinking about them freezing outside crying and scared because the one person that is spose to carfe for and love them threw them out on the street!!! Your supose to wait until there 18 before there 30 and live in your basement.. jk anyway If you cant control your kids then you probably shouldn't have any . I would never want to take away someones kids but someone needs to teach this piece of trash for a mother a lesson. The people who don't want children always have the most unplanned abundance of children and take it for granted and the ones who want kids sooooo bad dont get the privlage to create there own. idiocracy, good movie....so true.. trashy bitch
terryrose gordon December 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
John,you're absolutely right. My family knew this girl personally,when our family lived in WI,she had an older son she lost custody of also,& he's hopefully got a whole new,beautiful life now,hopefully these 2 will also...I wouldn't lock an adult,or our dog outside...& that's how she treats her child?? I can't help but think of all the people who can't have children,& would make wonderful,loving,grateful parents to children like these-whose mother swears & screams to them how much she Hates them!! I pray,this gets handled,& Christmas finds them warm,safe & cozy in a structured,loving,cuddly home...God Bless
yomammy December 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
yomammy December 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
police had "past interaction" with this child...from what? previous visits?
Stephanie December 12, 2012 at 01:33 PM
anyone notice that the officer has had "past interactions with the child"?? What else is going on in that home???
Mary December 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Get those kids out of that home!!
Christine December 12, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I think that mother needs a "time out" permanently!
Krista December 12, 2012 at 07:20 PM
In response to a previous commenter's belief that attachment parenting might be a possible reason this child is still in diapers: please fact check. Attachment parenting does nothing to delay potty training. Anything you read about potty training states that its only effective when you wait for cues that the child is ready. Its the same criteria for ALL parenting styles..... I'd bet this poor boy's situation is probably more due to the lack of attachment and security he's experiencing than a byproduct of attachment parenting.
Nancy Tomlinson December 12, 2012 at 09:09 PM
I would happily take in these two children. I don't know which I think is worse; the child being locked out improperly dressed for the cold, or hearing his mother yelling that she hates him. Both of these events will leave scars. And neither parent seems up to the task of being a loving, involved parent, capable of putting the children's needs first. Heaven help the little ones. And I really don't care about the adults. They have the resources to know better.
random randy December 13, 2012 at 06:33 AM
i know these people personally, the heart of the problem stems from the father. the fact that the kids will remain in his control scares me. "She does what she's supposed to" is exactly why his first 2 wives are no longer around.
alicia December 13, 2012 at 04:50 PM
it wasn't birchwood n dnt judge a place...but those kids need yo be helped n that woman need to go to jail for a long time
HellNoWelfareMustGo December 13, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Well Random Randee I guess it's safe to say since you know these people and this story you to must live in section 8 housing. Both Parents should not have these kids period. These kids deserve to be in a loving caring home where they will be taken care of and never treated badly again. Some people shouldn't be Parents. I love how people on section 8 housing live in brand new homes and also when the Welfare system goes to cut them off they go and get pregnant again just so they don't have to get a job and support their own Family ugh. This Government needs to change things before it's to late which it probably already is!
Sandy Chris December 13, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Anyone stop to think that the police have blown this out of proportion 100 fold as they usually do. Do not judge others based on where they live or what the police have to say. They couldn't get along in any other type of job because of their attitudes. What did they do to contribute to this tale. Excuse me, this is also all because of welfare, section 8 housing, etc? Sounds like someone is just a little jealous he/she cannot get welfare. Funny how there are no comments on the bus driver who passed out and drove off the road into a ditch with a lot of kids on board. Everyone is out to crucify someone because they are in need of help but won't comment when many more children could have been hurt or killed. What is going on here???? What type of society do we live in when Innocent Until Proven Guilty are words only?
Doreen Appleton Berger December 14, 2012 at 12:33 AM
so are you saying that a 4 year old boy outside in the winter in a diaper, scared and crying, is not enough? Are the neighbors also blowing this out of proportion? I agree that subsidized housing should play no part in this. There are alot of people on the system that do not abuse it and truly need it. This is about children, period. There is no excuse for what went down with this child. Truth is this mother needs help, and until she gets it, she should not have her children. In todays world, that baby could have been taken, sexually assulted or worse. It takes 1 million atta boys to erase ! I hate you, to a child. You can not nor should you defend this mother. If you want to help her, give her names of places where she can get help...
Jenn&Jeff December 14, 2012 at 10:27 PM
and to be fixed!


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