4 Mar 2014

Samoan woman pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the US

11:44 am on 4 March 2014

A Samoan woman who traveled to the United States late last year to study to become a nun has pleaded guilty to killing her newborn son.

26 year old Sosefina Amoa arrived in Washington DC in early October and stayed at the Little Sisters of the Poor convent, where she gave birth five days later.

Prosecutors say Amoa smothered the child, and cleaned her room to hide the birth.

They say she first told police she found the child outside the convent, but later recanted that story.

During her plea hearing in a Washington DC court, the defendant pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter under a plea deal and prosecutors say they plan to ask for at least four, and no more than ten years' jail when Amoa is sentenced on the 23rd of May.