Mayor suspects dead baby boy "dumped" in village

The Village Council of Lauli’i suspects the body a dead baby boy found floating on the sea was “dumped” at Lauli’I on Wednesday.

Laulii’s Village Mayor, Fa’alogo Sasauli Moli, provided an update on the village's ongoing investigation late yesterday afternoon. 

“The Village Council has been to every single family in Lauli’i and we concluded that someone must have dumped the baby in our village," the Mayor said. 

“All the children born in the last eight months have been accounted for in Lauli’i; therefore it is hard to say that this happened in our front yard.”

When the infant's body was discovered on Wednesday, the village was in shock. 

The acts were described by Fa’alogo as “inhumane and un-Christian”. 

“However if we find out the persons responsible lives in Laulii [they] will deal with the wrath of the village and it will not be good and, again, we do not tolerate such actions,” said Fa’alogo. 

The acting Commissioner of Police, Papali’i Monalisa Keti, told the Samoa Observer their investigations are continuing. 

“Police are yet to receive any possible leads," she said. 

On Wednesday Police said the baby had been presumed to be around six months old. 

His body has been taken to the Moto’otua mortuary and a 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," the statement read. 

The acting Commissioner also cautioned the members of the public to stop posting and sharing the disturbing photo of the dead baby showing his decomposed body on social media. 

“The public is advised to refrain from posting and sharing these sensitive photos online," Papali’i said. 

“These disturbing photos are shared and viewed by everyone including young people. 

“People sharing these photos are insensitive to others who are or experiencing the loss of loved ones including a child".

As reported earlier, the Village Mayor said anyone found responsible for the discovery would be "ousted from the village". 

“This type of brutal acts brings shame on the village and it is un-Christian like," said Fa’alogo.

"It goes against everything we believe as Christians and we will not stop until we get to the bottom of this".

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