Mother charged with concealing dead child
The mother of the baby who was abandoned next to a trash bin at Mulifanua last month has been charged with concealing the dead body of a child.
The charge was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil.
“The mother was charged on Monday,” said the Commissioner.
“We believe that more charges will be filed once we complete the post-mortem on the baby.”
The Commissioner declined to comment on when the autopsy will be conducted.
The Pathologist attached to the case is currently in Samoa and recently testified in a murder trial before the Supreme Court.
According to the Police, the charge carries a penalty of up to two years in jail.
The discovery of the dead baby in Mulifainua led the Ministry of Health to launch a taskforce and call for the Government to establish a baby hatch programme for babies to be abandoned safely.
The Police told the Samoa Observer the mother, who is in her 20s, will appear in Court on October 21 before the District Court.
She was remanded on bail by the Court Registrar.