New twist as stepfather charged over young girl’s disappearance

By Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu ,

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Samoa Police Service.

Samoa Police Service.

Assault charges have been filed against the step father of the seven-year-old girl who went missing for two nights in Falelauniu. 

Va’aiga Amosa, who had been missing since Wednesday, has been found but in an interesting twist, her step father faces allegations to assault and abuse.

 This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Sunday Samoan. 

 “The step father has been charged and will appear in Court next month,” he said. 

Auapa’au declined to discuss the details of the matter. 

However Police sources say this was the fourth time the seven-year-old left their home. 

“When she was found, there were bruises on her body and that’s when it was uncovered the stepfather had assaulted the seven-year-old,” said one Officer who did not wish to be named.  On Thursday, the Police issued the alert on the missing girl.

She was found on Friday.

“The S.P.S. would like to acknowledge the family who looked after the young girl in the past couple of days,” the statement said.

“As a precautionary measure, she has now been taken for a medical check to ensure she is fine.”

Police are investigating the reason she left her family.

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