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Woman Studying To Be Nun Charged In Baby’s Death

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WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. police have charged a 26-year-old Samoan woman studying to become a Catholic nun in the death of her newborn son.

Police say Sosefina Amoa gave birth to the boy on Oct. 10 in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility. Afraid the nuns would hear his cries and discover she lied about sexual activity, police say Amoa told investigators she smothered him. A day later she and a nun took his body to a hospital.

Amoa was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder after the death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.

Amoa arrived from Samoa on Oct. 5 and was considered a postulant, someone who wants to be admitted to the order. The order said in a statement they are praying for everyone involved.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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