No leads to guide search for identity of dead baby boy

Police on Thursday said they had no leads on establishing the identity of the dead baby boy found floating on the sea at Lauli’i.

The discovery of the infant on Wednesday afternoon left the village in shock. 

Laulii’s Village Mayor, Fa’alogo Sasauli Moli, labelled the discovery “inhumane and un-Christian”. 

He said on Thursday afternoon that investigations were ongoing. 

“Our Village Council is now investigating whether the mother is from our Village," said Fa’alogo.

“We called an emergency Village Council meeting to address the matter and the Chiefs have been tasked. 

“All the Chiefs have been asked to investigate within their respective families and the village as a whole for any information that may lead to finding the heartless person that is behind this; we don’t tolerate this type of un-Christian act."

The Mayor said he believed that the body of the boy had arrived at sea after winding its way through the river system. 

He confirmed the Police had contacted him for assistance.

“The only option we have now is to wait as the person responsible will be found sooner or later; it is unclear at this point and time who’s responsible, but in due time the truth will come out.” 

In a statement issued by the Ministry of Police, they are investigating the matter in which a body of an infant boy was found floating at sea this afternoon. 

“This matter was reported from Laulii," the statement said.

"The infant is presumed to be around six months old. His body has been referred to the Moto’otua mortuary and police investigation is continuing. 

“The Samoa Police Service urges members of the public to contact the Criminal Investigations Division on telephone (22222) ext 153 for any information that may lead to the identification of this infant boy."

In Lauli’i members of the village are shocked. 

“And I will say that once we find who is responsible and if they are from our village they will be ousted from the village. This type of brutal acts brings shame on the village and it is unchristian like. It goes against everything we believe as Christians and we will not stop until we get to the bottom of this,” said Fa’alogo. 

He also took the opportunity to give advice, not only as a chief but as a father. 

“If this is case of unwanted teenage pregnancy there is a better solution," he said. 

"I understand that the young women are scared and I urge that you seeking professional help maybe from the to’omaga (Samoa Victim Support Group) or your Reverend."

“There is always a way out, don’t be scared to talk to someone."

Fa’alogo said parents must be open minded and continue to love their children no matter what. 

“This is when you know you’re a real parent is how you handle situations when it comes to your daughters," he said. 

"We must love our children no matter what."

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