A Washington, D.C. woman training to be a nun at a convent has pleaded guilty to killing her newborn baby.
26-year-old Sosefina Amoa came to the United States from Samoa to study at the Little Sisters of the Poor convent back in the fall, and only five days after arriving, she gave birth to a baby boy. Amoa feared the her fellow sisters would hear the baby cry and find out about her sexual activities, so she covered the baby’s nose and mouth with a cloth for a few minutes to keep it from crying. When she removed the cloth, she discovered that the baby wasn’t breathing.
According to reports, instead of getting help or reporting what happened, the nun-in-training stayed in her room with the baby until the next morning.
After both the woman and her deceased baby were brought to the hospital, Amoa was charged with first-degree murder.
“We all feel this is a very tragic situation. We are just praying for everyone involved,” said Sister Constance Veit. “Now that it is in the hands of the legal system, we will not be providing any further comment.”
Sentencing is set for May 23, and the prosecutor has asked that she receive at least four but no more than 10 years in prison.