Mother held in newborn’s death in convent; Samoan came to become nun

The Little Sisters of the Poor facility where Sosefina Amoa allegedly suffocated her infant son minutes after giving birth.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)The Little Sisters of the Poor facility where Sosefina Amoa allegedly suffocated her infant son minutes after giving birth. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)
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The Public Defenders Service was listed as representing Ms. Amoa but no one could be reached for comment on her case or condition.

According to the arrest warrant filed in D.C. Superior Court, Ms. Amoa was training as a postulant at the convent but told police she had not disclosed her prior sexual encounters to the organization.

A representative from the Little Sisters of the Poor, which operates an elderly care facility in the 4200 block of Harewood Road in Northeast, declined to speak about Ms. Amoa’s relationship with the order. Court records state that she arrived there on Oct. 5 after traveling from her home in Samoa.

“All I can say is it’s a really tragic situation, and we’re all praying for everyone involved,” said Sister Constance when reached by phone.

Little Sisters of the Poor is a Roman Catholic women’s organization founded in 1839 that operates care facilities across the globe, including in Samoa.

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