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'Little Sisters of the Poor' Student, Studying to be a Nun, Charged with Murdering Her Baby

The woman lived in the Little Sisters of the Poor facility and was studying to become a nun.

Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan residence was scene of murder, police say. (Photo from Little Sisters of the Poor.)
Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan residence was scene of murder, police say. (Photo from Little Sisters of the Poor.)
A 26-year-old woman studying to become a Catholic nun has been charged in the death of her newborn son, who was born in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility in Washington, DC.

Sosefina Amoa gave birth to the boy Oct. 10, police say, and smothered him with a garment because she feared nuns would hear the newborn's cries.

Amoa was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder after the death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation, according to multiples news reports.

The order says in a statement that they're praying for everyone involved.

"We all feel this is a very tragic situation. 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," stated Sister Constance Veit in a statement.

The Little Sisters of the Poor is an international congregation of Roman Catholic women founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan, according to its website, which says they serve the elderly poor in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Amoa arrived in the District from Samoa on Oct. 5, according to The Washington Post.

The paper quotes court papers that say she told detectives that she did not know she was pregnant. Once the baby was dead, she took it to the hospital, with the help of another nun, in a suitcase, the court papers say.

She was arrested on Wednesday. Her scheduled arraignment in D.C. Superior Court was postponed Thursday while she receives hospital care, the Post reported.

“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 court papers, according to the Post. “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 next morning, according to court papers. The unidentified nun told police that she “picked up the child” and, when she realized it was dead, “obtained a small black luggage bag which was used to transport the child to the hospital.” 

Karina Ioffee October 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM
She didn't know she was pregnant? Did she know that she had sex or was she never exposed to any sex ed? Was she raped? Sad.
SouthArlJD October 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Sounds like she ain't wrapped too tight. How sad for the little baby.
Southpaw October 21, 2013 at 02:15 PM
And she wanted to be a nun? Really? How do you take an innocent baby and deliberately smother it? Oh, right, no conscience...like a lot of young people today.
fit4ufor3rd October 21, 2013 at 04:18 PM
im speechless
Theresa Riley October 21, 2013 at 06:39 PM
OMG nothing else to say.
SouthArlJD October 21, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Oh come on, this isn't about "young people today". Everything about this says she's got some serious mental health issues.
Humble Opinion October 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM
She reminds me of Judas. For someone to join the Catholic faith and follow Jesus but to turn around and do something unholy. Send her to prison.
yannaro October 22, 2013 at 08:59 AM
First time I ever heard that some one "studies" to be a nun or monk.
Jerry Glucksman October 22, 2013 at 01:48 PM
It was gods wil
Roman TwentyEight October 22, 2013 at 02:52 PM
...and are we suppose to believe that SHE was the first one to murder a child at the Little Sisters of the Poor????

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