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Investigation into death of baby allegedly struck with broom continuing

The Police have not arrested anyone over the death of a one-year-old girl from Samalaeulu, Savai'i, who died after she was allegedly struck by her mother with a broom.

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, told the Samoa Observer the investigation is ongoing.

"To my understanding, we’re still working on some details, it’s a pending investigation, it hasn’t gotten to that point yet where we make an arrest. 

"And you have got to understand that too, some of these cases, they are very delicate cases. We have to weigh it out too if there is a law that we’ve broken. If there is any questions, we also refer to the Attorney General’s office for their legal opinion.

"And they use a test and we also have our own test here for probable cause for the police to make the arrest and reasonable suspicion to stop and can the Attorney General prove it's a case beyond reasonable doubt to secure a conviction. So there are many steps the Police have to follow."

Fuiavailiili said the Police cannot go ahead with an arrest without a thorough investigation.

"We can’t just go and arrest somebody and then do an investigation. We have to do the investigation first and then get the evidence and enough probable cause so that we can arrest." 


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