A 26-year-old woman studying to become a nun was arrested Wednesday by Washington, D.C. police for allegedly smothering her newborn baby to cover up her sexual activity.
Sosefina Amoa came to D.C. from Samoa on Oct. 5. She gave birth to a 6-pound 2-ounce baby in her bedroom on Oct. 10 at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility.
Amoa told police she didn’t want the other nuns to hear the baby cry because they would discover she lied about her sexual activity. She claimed she didn’t even know she was pregnant.
Investigators say Amoa smothered the infant and took his body to a hospital the following day.
“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,” a court document said. “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 was charged with first-degree murder after the baby’s death was ruled a homicide.
The would-be nun came to Little Sisters of the Poor as a postulant, a woman who wants to be admitted to the order.
“We all feel this is a very tragic situation,” said Little Sisters of the Poor Sister Constance Veit in a statement. “We are just praying for everyone involved. Now that it is in the hands of the legal system, we will not be providing any further comment.”