Dead baby mystery “disheartening”
Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, has described the mystery surrounding the death of a six-month old baby, found floating at Lauli’i, as “disheartening.”
Discovered a month ago, no one has come forward to report a missing child, or anything in relation to a missing baby.
“It’s disheartening,” Commissioner Fuiava said in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. “This child’s parents have not come forward to claim this child is disappointing.”
The Police Commissioner said their investigation has not found anyone and the absence of any solid leads has been a challenge.
But Fuiava said that surely there must be a family who is missing a child. And he is appealing to members of the public to notify the Police if they know anything that could lead to the identification of the dead baby.
“As a parent, we are responsible to care and nurture our children. It is unfortunate in this case the baby has died. However we want to put a closure on this case.”
On 7th August 2019, the Police were contacted by villagers in Lauli’i about the dead baby boy floating in the area.
“These acts are against everything we believe in as a Christian nation,” said Fuiava. “It is against our culture and let alone being parents.”
He urged the parents of the dead child to come forward.
“What kind of person are you?” asked the Commissioner.
He added that the autopsy has been conducted and they are waiting on the report by the Pathologist.
In the meantime, an inquest for this matter has been scheduled in the District Court before Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i for next month.
Laulii’s Village Mayor, Fa’alogo Sasauli Moli, said the village is in the dark about the identity of the child.
Fa’alogo labelled the discovery “inhumane and un-Christian” and told the Samoa Observer the Village Council is still doing its own investigation. He suspects that the body might have floated to the sea from the river.
“The only option we have now is to wait as the person responsible will be found sooner or later,” he said.
“It is unclear at this point who is responsible but in due time the truth will come out.”