Woman arested for child neglect for smoking meth while child slept in bathtub 19 Jan 12

A Northfield woman was arrested yesterday after allegedly leaving her toddler to sleep in a bathtub while she went to the next room smoke methamphetamine.

Amanda Rae Hejl, 23, has been charged with child neglect, child endangerment and allowing a child to ingest, inhale methamphetamine as a result of talking to authorities and ultimately admitting to neglecting and endangering her child.

Rice County social workers were tipped off by a person who removed the child from the home because she said it was “filthy” and “full of meth smoke.” The person took the child home but only after taking some pictures of the home to give to the authorities.

According to a criminal complaint, during a telephone conversation Hejl told a Faribault detective that she knew that social services took her child but she did not know why. During the discussion Hejl also admitted to putting the child to sleep in the bathtub and leaving the room to smoke meth.

Hejl has admitted to smoking methamphetamine in the presence of her child before. The charges Hejl is facing carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.