Top Cop rubbishes claims on baby mother's identity

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, has rubbished claims that the identity of the mother of baby Tautai has been discovered.

Tautai is the baby boy whose body was found floating at sea next to Lauli'i village in early August.

The Commissioner refuted the claims when Samoa Observer brought it to his attention, saying that it was not true. 

Last month, the Commissioner said the mystery surrounding the death of a six-month old baby was “disheartening.” 

Police had said they had no leads on establishing the identity of the deceased baby boy, as no one went forward to report a missing child or anything in relation to a missing baby.

In August this year the Police were contacted by villagers in Lauli’i following the discovery of the body of the dead baby. 

Lauli'i village mayor, Fa’alogo Sasauli Moli says the body of the deceased infant must have been "dumped" in Lauli'i. 

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

“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.”

The baby boy was later named Tautai Aumaga, and was laid to rest at the Tafaigata Cemetery, more than a month after his body was discovered.

The funeral was held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Lalovaea and was organized by the Samoa Police Services and a local resident, Fesilafa'i Aumaga.

He was laid to rest next to Angel Teviti Aumaga, the newborn baby girl that also suffered the same fate, and was found dumped next to a trash bin at the Mulifanua wharf early this month.

A woman is scheduled to appear again in Court on Monday in relation to the death of the baby girl. 

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