Police charge woman over dead baby found at Mulifanua

The Ministry of Police has charged a woman whom they believe is the mother of a dead infant discovered next to a trash bin in Mulifanua last month.

Commissioner of Police Fuiavaili'ili Egon Keil confirmed the latest development.

“The mother has been charged and I can’t tell you what the charges are yet, but rest assured the Police have found the mother,” he said.

“To date we have no leads on the baby that was found floating in Lauli’i; but we have charged the mother of the [dead] baby found in Mulifanua, earlier this week."

The body of the deceased baby girl was found at the Mulifanua wharf on 7 September, 2019. Photos taken of the gruesome discovery went viral when they were posted on social media. 

Asked about the age of the woman, the Commissioner declined to comment further and added that he cannot give out any more information.

“I can say that there will be more than one criminal charge,” said the Commissioner. 

He also confirmed the woman lives in Upolu, when this newspaper inquired where the mother comes from. 

The deceased baby's umbilical cord was still attached when photos were taken of her lying next to refuse. 

The second baby abandonment case has compelled the National Council of Church to call for the establishment of a baby hatch program.

The Police Commissioner has support the council's statement and also appealed for rejected babies to be taken to a police station, hospital or fire station. 

It is understood the Ministry of Health is also working to establish a taskforce to address the issue.  

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