Police rule out foul play in baby’s death

By Lanuola Tupufia – Ah Tong ,

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Police Media officer: Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu.

Police Media officer: Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu.

The one-year-old baby boy burnt to death when a house caught fire last Friday needs to undergo a post mortem. 

Police Spokesperson Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu told the Samoa Observer yesterday the process was necessary because it was not clear what might have caused the fire. 

“He needs to undergo a post mortem,” said Su’a. 

“The baby died from arson and we have to rule out any foul play. 

“Still it’s necessary to have a post mortem to make it clear whether it was a faulty line or whatever the reason was that started the fire at the house.”

Su’a could not confirm whether the 1-year-old baby has been released for burial. 

He said he was yet to receive the report of the investigation and will be available today at the Police press conference. 

Police are continuing their investigation. 

The family of the diseased baby declined to comment about the incident on Monday. 

However, a relative said the incident was tragic and the family is mourning the death of the baby. 

 “We are not sure how the fire started but the baby was sleeping inside the house while we were at the other house at the back preparing some things for an event.”

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