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I got no words... From the Washington Post:




Samoan woman who came to D.C. to become a nun is charged in death of her newborn son
By Peter Hermann and Keith L. Alexander
Published: October 17



Sosefina Amoa arrived in the District from the Pacific island nation of Samoa on Oct. 5, completing a 7,000-mile journey to become a Catholic nun with the Little Sisters of the Poor. What neither she nor the nuns knew, she later told police, was that she was pregnant and near full-term.

According to court papers, Amoa, 26, told detectives that when the 6-pound 2-ounce baby was born in her bedroom Oct. 10, she was afraid the nuns in the convent would hear his cries. D.C. police said she smothered the newborn — called Baby Joseph — with a black wool garment, and a day later, with the help of a nun, she took the body to a hospital in a suitcase.

Amoa was arrested Wednesday and charged with first­­­-degree murder after the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide by asphyxiation. Her scheduled arraignment in D.C. Superior Court on Thursday was postponed while she receives hospital care. Her attorney, Judith Pipe of the District’s Public Defender Service, declined to comment.

Many questions remain about the case as authorities look into Amoa’s long path to the District and her acceptance as a postulant, or student of doctrine and prayer life. Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order with missions around the world, operates nursing homes and assisted-living residences for the impoverished elderly.

The order, which started in France in 1839, operates more than 100 apartments and rooms on seven acres in the 4200 block of Harewood Road NE, across the street from Catholic University. The order came to the United States in 1869, establishing its first house in Baltimore, and now has provincial headquarters in the suburb of Catonsville, Md., from where it oversees missions in the District and in seven states.

“It’s really a tragic situation,” said Mother Alice Marie Monica, who runs the province. “We are praying for everyone that is involved.” She would not comment further.

Police said they have not found any relatives of Amoa’s in the United States. Attempts to reach people who knew her in Samoa were unsuccessful. Little Sisters of the Poor has a mission in Samoa whose mother superior could not be reached for comment.

Sister Patricia Wittberg, a sociologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said the order operates top-notch care facilities for the elderly, and she described it as “long-established, very respected and somewhat traditional.” She said that it would be difficult for a woman to be admitted as a postulant in the United States without going through rigid medical tests but that the same standards might not apply in other countries.

According to an affidavit filed with the arrest warrant in Superior Court, Amoa told detectives that she had not known she was pregnant. She told police that she started bleeding Oct. 9 and thought it was her menstrual period. She said that the boy was born shortly after 11 a.m. the next day, according to the court papers, and that the infant fell to the floor.

At first, the suspect told police, she lay down with the child, who cried for two or three minutes and then stopped suddenly, according to the court papers. She told police that she became afraid the nuns would hear the baby and find out that she had lied to them about sexual activity.

“She said that she placed a black wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth and applied pressure with her hand for two to three minutes,” police wrote in the affidavit. “The mother said that prior to placing the wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth, the child was breathing and had cried. The mother said that after she removed the garment from the child’s nose and mouth, the child was not breathing and she knew the child was dead.”

Amoa told police that she put the body on her bed and stayed with it until the morning of Oct. 11, according to court papers. She said she considered putting the body in the trash but decided to tell a nun about the child. First, she told the nun that she had found the boy outside, police said, then she admitted to giving birth to him.

The unidentified nun told police that she “picked up the child” and realized that it was dead, according to court papers. She “obtained a small black luggage bag which was used to transport the child to the hospital.” Police said doctors at the Providence Hospital emergency room immediately pronounced the infant dead. The baby had been wrapped in flowered clothing and the wool garment that allegedly had been used to smother him.

Michelle Boorstein and Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

One of the three comments on that story, at the article's page:

From Articles Comments Section Wrote:A perfect example of ignorance that is bred by religion. How very sad for that poor child. Eventhough she wanted to be a nun, she must have had sex with someone? Did she forget or was this an immaculate conception? How could a 26-year-old not have a period for nine months and not think anything of it? Was she so fat that she didn't notice her stomach was a bit large? Did no one else notice either? This is what happens when sex education is not part of someone's curriculum and religion makes you so fearful you lose all common sense. Horrible.

Sigh.

From Lifesite, an excerpt from this article:
Here are the incidents in just the past eight months or so:

 
Quote: October 17 - A 17-year-old girl is stopped at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan for suspected shoplifting, and admits that in her bag she has the body of a baby that she gave birth to the day previous.
    October 11 - A newborn baby is found, bleeding but alive, with part of his umbilical cord still attached, abandoned on the concrete in the back yard of a house in Queen's, New York. The baby survived.
    September 19 - The body of a baby is found at a garbage dump in West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.
    August 28 - A woman gives birth in a bar bathroom in Pennsylvania, stuffs the baby in the water tank of a toilet, and then returns to the bar to watch a fight on TV. The body was subsequently discovered by the bar owner.
    August 7 - The body of a baby is discovered at hospital rest room in Texas.
    July 9 - Police discover the body of a baby abandoned in a diaper box in the bushes at a public park in Roseville, California.
    June 21 - The body of a small baby is found in a solid waste tank in a waste disposal plant just north of Montreal. Police say the baby was likely flushed down the toilet.
    June 21  - The body of a newborn baby is discovered in a trash can in Oildale, California.
    June 20 - An Iraqi-born UK woman is found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after stuffing her baby in a garbage bag and throwing her down a 44 ft. garbage chute.
    June 14 - A garbage truck driver in Thailand sees a small hand emerge from a garbage bag during a pickup. The baby had a balloon tied around her throat.
    June 12 - Brittany Cole is arrested in Altheimer, Arkansas, after dumping her infant son in the trash can. She reportedly told police that she was tired of caring for the baby and could no longer do so.
    June 5 - Twenty-seven-year-old Virginia resident Shavaughn Robinson is charged after allegedly giving birth in a toilet, then placing her daughter in a trash can, and then taking the garbage bag with the baby in it out of the can and tossing it in a dumpster.
    June 4 - A dog discovers a living baby in Thailand that had been placed in a white plastic bag in a dump. The baby, which was premature, survived.
    May 30 - Police announce that charges will not be filed against a Kansas teen who gave birth and dumped the body of her baby in a trash can. The teen claimed the baby was stillborn.
    May 27 - Video footage of firefighters in Jinhua, China, rescuing a baby who had become stuck in a sewage pipe, rockets around the globe. The baby's mother apparently gave birth on the toilet, and by her own account "accidentally" flushed the baby down the toilet. The mom reportedly hid the pregnancy because the baby was not considered legal under China's brutal One-Child Policy.
    May 2 - Cherlie Lafleur, 19, is arrested in Pennsylvania after allegedly attempting to flush her newborn baby down the toilet at her school. When that didn’t work, she reportedly deposited the body in the trash can.
    Dec. 10, 2012 - The body of a newborn baby is discovered on the conveyor belt of a garbage sorting facility in La Puente, California.

Per the comment in the post above, I'm guessing that these were really, really religious girls! What about you?

This is really horrible
Pray Pray Pray Pray
So horrific. I hope she baptized the baby.  sadPray
To the gallows. These people deserve to be hanged. And the sister who helped her excommunicated.
As a new father (daughter was born three weeks ago), I can't imagine what's going on in someone's head when they do things like this. I can't sleep at night because I watch my daughter; any peep and I'm racing to make sure she's ok. I accidentally touched her fontanelle the other day and wanted to rush her to the hospital.

(10-19-2013, 02:13 AM)Basilios Wrote: [ -> ]To the gallows. These people deserve to be hanged. And the sister who helped her excommunicated.

Because that's totally what Christ would have said.
(10-19-2013, 12:30 PM)vtcatholic Wrote: [ -> ]
(10-19-2013, 02:13 AM)Basilios Wrote: [ -> ]To the gallows. These people deserve to be hanged. And the sister who helped her excommunicated.

Because that's totally what Christ would have said.

Better a millstone tied around their neck and be thrown in the sea than one of these little ones be seduced.

Yeah, Jesus was using a metaphor, but only for causing scandal.  How 'bout killing a baby?
(10-18-2013, 10:46 PM)Vox Clamantis Wrote: [ -> ]From Lifesite, an excerpt from this article:
Here are the incidents in just the past eight months or so:

   
Quote: October 17 - A 17-year-old girl is stopped at a Victoria's Secret store in Manhattan for suspected shoplifting, and admits that in her bag she has the body of a baby that she gave birth to the day previous.
    October 11 - A newborn baby is found, bleeding but alive, with part of his umbilical cord still attached, abandoned on the concrete in the back yard of a house in Queen's, New York. The baby survived.
    September 19 - The body of a baby is found at a garbage dump in West Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom.
    August 28 - A woman gives birth in a bar bathroom in Pennsylvania, stuffs the baby in the water tank of a toilet, and then returns to the bar to watch a fight on TV. The body was subsequently discovered by the bar owner.
    August 7 - The body of a baby is discovered at hospital rest room in Texas.
    July 9 - Police discover the body of a baby abandoned in a diaper box in the bushes at a public park in Roseville, California.
    June 21 - The body of a small baby is found in a solid waste tank in a waste disposal plant just north of Montreal. Police say the baby was likely flushed down the toilet.
    June 21  - The body of a newborn baby is discovered in a trash can in Oildale, California.
    June 20 - An Iraqi-born UK woman is found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after stuffing her baby in a garbage bag and throwing her down a 44 ft. garbage chute.
    June 14 - A garbage truck driver in Thailand sees a small hand emerge from a garbage bag during a pickup. The baby had a balloon tied around her throat.
    June 12 - Brittany Cole is arrested in Altheimer, Arkansas, after dumping her infant son in the trash can. She reportedly told police that she was tired of caring for the baby and could no longer do so.
    June 5 - Twenty-seven-year-old Virginia resident Shavaughn Robinson is charged after allegedly giving birth in a toilet, then placing her daughter in a trash can, and then taking the garbage bag with the baby in it out of the can and tossing it in a dumpster.
    June 4 - A dog discovers a living baby in Thailand that had been placed in a white plastic bag in a dump. The baby, which was premature, survived.
    May 30 - Police announce that charges will not be filed against a Kansas teen who gave birth and dumped the body of her baby in a trash can. The teen claimed the baby was stillborn.
    May 27 - Video footage of firefighters in Jinhua, China, rescuing a baby who had become stuck in a sewage pipe, rockets around the globe. The baby's mother apparently gave birth on the toilet, and by her own account "accidentally" flushed the baby down the toilet. The mom reportedly hid the pregnancy because the baby was not considered legal under China's brutal One-Child Policy.
    May 2 - Cherlie Lafleur, 19, is arrested in Pennsylvania after allegedly attempting to flush her newborn baby down the toilet at her school. When that didn’t work, she reportedly deposited the body in the trash can.
    Dec. 10, 2012 - The body of a newborn baby is discovered on the conveyor belt of a garbage sorting facility in La Puente, California.

Per the comment in the post above, I'm guessing that these were really, really religious girls! What about you?

Cry What is it that makes girls so afraid that they think they have to handle it like this? Behind all that nonchalance must be fear, we ARE humans, not animals.
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