Woman charged after child left outside
An Oak Park Heights woman appeared in 10th Judicial District Court last week on charges of child endangerment and neglect and interfering with a police officer.
According to court documents, Oak Park Heights Police officers received a Dec. 2 call reporting that a 4-year-old boy was allegedly locked out of a residence wearing nothing but a diaper and t-shirt in 34-degree weather. Court documents said officers police were also informed that the toddler’s mother, identified as Amber Lynn Viellieux in court documents, was allegedly screaming and said she didn’t want the child back in the apartment.
Court documents said when officers arrived, a neighbor had wrapped the child in a comforter to warm him up and the child was scared. Documents further state that officers observed the boy was not interacting with them, which was different behavior from the officer’s previous encounter with the toddler during a different situation involving Viellieux.
Documents said the neighbor told police they approached Viellieux’s door after receiving a call from the child’s father asking them to check on his children. The neighbor told officers that Viellieux allegedly said she did not want the child back in her apartment.
The neighbors told officers they took the child to their apartment, called police and expressed concern about the safety of another 3-year-old child still in Viellieux’s apartment. Neighbors added that they had allegedly heard Viellieux swearing at the children and telling them that she hated them.
Documents said officers then approached Viellieux’s apartment and she when she answered, saw the other child in the residence. Documents addd that Viellieux allegedly told officers the 4-year-old child was with neighbors, but when officers asked why he was there, Viellieux allegedly became defensive.
Officers, according to court documents, informed Viellieux what the neighbors had told them and Viellieux allegedly blamed the boys’ father but admitted to keeping the 4-year-old out of the home.
Documents said when officers told Viellieux she was going to be placed under arrest for child endangerment, she allegedly grabbed the 3-year-old in a bear hug and would not let the child go. Documents added that officers allegedly had to use force to place Viellieux into custody and relinquish control of the 3-year-old.
Viellieux allegedly was actively resisting and pulling away from the officers and screaming. At one point Viellieux allegedly let her weight drop, almost causing the officers to fall down stairs. When placed in the back of the squad car, Viellieux allegedly continued to swear allegedly banged her head against the plexiglass and tried kicking out the rear window of the squad car and kick at officers. She continued banging her head against the plexiglass until she was taken to jail.
The children’s father gave officers permission to leave the children with the neighbors until he returned home.