Updated: 12/11/2012 2:28 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste
An Oak Park Heights mom has been charged after allegedly locking her child outside of her apartment in 34 degree weather. The child was only wearing a t-shirt and diaper at the time.
Twenty-six-year-old Amber Lynn Viellieux was charged with neglect of a child, child endangerment and resisting arrest.
According to the criminal complaint, neighbors called police Dec. 2 after finding the 4-year-old boy crying and shivering outside.
They wrapped the child in a comforter to warm him up.
When police arrived at the scene, the child appeared to be frightened and would not speak to the officer.
Neighbors told police the child's mother was screaming and didn't want the child in her house.
The neighbors said they found the boy after receiving a call from his father. The boy's father was at work at the time, and asked the neighbors to check on his children.
The neighbors said they could hear Viellieux screaming as they approached the door. She said she did not want the child back in her home.
The neighbors took the child to their apartment. They were concerned about a 2-year-old who was still with Viellieux.
They also reported Viellieux swearing at the children, 'telling them that she hates them and did not want them around.'
When police asked Viellieux about leaving her child outside in 34 degree weather, she blamed the father.
When officers attempted to arrest Viellieux, she grabbed the other child in a bear hug and would not let him go.
Viellieux resisted arrest, and officers had to use force to arrest her.
When Viellieux was placed in the squad she resisted, violently banging her head against plexiglass. She also tried to kick out the rear window of the squad.
Viellieux was taken to jail. Bail was set at $18,000 unconditional or $2,000 with conditions of no contact with her children or their father, no use and random testing.