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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."

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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