17 Oct 2011

Samoa anti-violence watchdog alarmed at young mother's death

12:39 pm on 17 October 2011

A domestic violence watchdog in Samoa is alarmed at signs anti-violence campaigns may be falling on deaf ears following the death of a brutally assaulted pregnant woman.

The 23 year old woman died at the weekend and attempts to save her six month old unborn child were unsuccessful.

The Mapusaga o Aiga family haven says the young mother's death is particularly alarming because there have been many campaigns in the past to stop domestic violence.

Police say a man is in police custody and will appear in court on Tuesday.

They say he is likely to face manslaughter charges.