Woman studying to be nun charged in baby's death

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 18, 2013 at 6:20 pm •  Published: October 18, 2013
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Amoa arrived from the island of Samoa on Oct. 5 and was considered a postulant, someone who wants to be admitted to the order.

She told a detective who interviewed her at the hospital that she did not know that she was pregnant and assumed that the significant bleeding she experienced just before giving birth was part of her menstrual cycle, according to court records.

But when she was interviewed again several days later, police say, she admitted to not having told the convent about her past sexual activity and said that she had not known what to do after delivering her son — whom she named Joseph.

She said she placed the wool garment on his nose and mouth to prevent him from crying, and after the child stopped breathing, contemplated putting the body in the trash but decided against it, police say.

Police say they interviewed a nun at the convent who said Amoa showed her the child and initially told her that she had found the body outside. The nun, who is unidentified in court papers, told police that Amoa later told her that she had given birth to the baby and that the two of them together took the body to the hospital.



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