Mulifanua baby died from neonatal death

A baby that was allegedly dumped in a rubbish at Mulifanua wharf last year died from neonatal death, an inquest into the cause of death of the baby revealed this week. 

In the Coronial Court on Thursday, the inquest into “Baby X-Mulifanua Wharf” was one of five matters presided over by the Coroner and District Court Judge, Alalatoa Rosella Papalii. 

A medical report read by Dr. Valerie Sinei into the cause of death of the baby found that the cause of death is from neonatal death. 

Furthermore, the report noted that secondary cause of death is possibly from oxygen deprivation. 

There was no post mortem ordered for the baby.

Dr. Sinei said from the report it states that the baby’s umbilical cord and placenta were still attached.  

Judge Alalatoa then queried the prosecutor and Attorney General’s Office lawyer, Iliganoa Atoa, if the deceased baby is connected to a woman that was charged following a Police investigation. 

Ms. Atoa said yes and it is now a criminal matter. 

The Coroner also questioned why the deceased babies are referred to as Baby X. 

She referred to another baby that was found in Laulii that was also listed as Baby X from Laulii. 

In response, the prosecutor said this is the normal reference where skeletons are referred to as unknown and fetal is labelled as Baby X. 

The Coroner said she will amend the names listed. 

The Coronial Court continues its investigation into forthcoming inquests. 

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