OPH woman convicted of child neglect

An Oak Park Heights woman who left her 4-year-old child outside wearing a t-shirt and diaper in 34-degree weather in December was convicted recently of child neglect in 10th Judicial District Court.

Amber Lynn Vielleux was been sentenced to 365 days in jail with 350 days stayed for three years with the following conditions: serve 15 days in jail with credit for three days served, in and out-of-custody sentence-to-service criteria waived, fined $50 fine plus fees and surcharges; no use of mood-altering chemicals including alcohol with random tests, chemical dependency treatment and aftercare; psychological examination, no same or similar offenses and cooperate with standard probation conditions, no contact with the victim until approved by Child Protection, cooperate with county Child Protection recommendations, follow through with mental health programming, intensive probation supervision, complete parenting course and cooperate with the transfer of supervision to the county.

Court records said Oak Park Heights Police officers received a Dec. 2 call reporting that Viellieux’s child was locked out of her residence. Officers police were also told that Vielleux was allegedly screaming that she didn’t want the child back in her apartment, court records added.

Arriving officers found that a neighbor wrapped Vielleux’s scared child in a comforter to warm him. Court records said the neighbor told officers 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 Viellieux allegedly said she did not want the child back in her apartment. The neighbor also expressed concern about another child still in the apartment where Viellieux was screaming and swearing at the children.

When Vielleux was arrested, the children’s father told officers he was comfortable leaving the youngsters with the neighbors until he could get home.