Pregnant Mother Charged for the Death of her One-Year Old Fails to Appear in Court

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13 August 2019, Apia Samoa. The pregnant mother of the one year old toddler from Samalaeulu Savaii who died before reaching Tuasivi hospital in May this year has failed to appear in Court.

The Supreme Court issued a warrant for the arrest of the baby’s mother who allegedly hit her head with a broomstick.

According to a source close to the family who spoke to Samoa Global News in June when the matter was first called, the toddler is the youngest of three children and the incident occurred on Wednesday 29th May 2019.

She told Samoa Global News in June when the matter was first heard in Court that on the day before the toddler’s death, her mother had hit her on the head with a broomstick.”

“She cried a lot so her mother smacked her with a broom and hit her on the head with the broomstick”.

“O le tina o le pepe lea o lo’o maitaga, ma o le mea ua tupu, sa tagi so’o si mea lea ua malaia ona tago lea o lona tina, ua sasa i le salulima, ma ta le ulu i le au o le salu.”

“When the baby girl started to cry again on the next day, her mother hit her again with the broomstick;

“This time, the little girl’s eyes started to stare and she lost consciousness, so her mother rushed her to the hospital but it was too late;

Efforts were made to rush the toddler to the Tuasivi hopsital but the one year old had died before they reached the hospital.

“O le aso na sosoo ai sa toe tagi ai foi si mea lea ma ua tago atu loa lona tina ma toe sasa ma ta le ulu i le au o le salu.

“O le mea ua tupu ua tilotilo atu ua le migoi le teineititi ua na o le sioa, o lea sa ia faanatinati atu ai loa i le falemai ae peita’i e lei au si mea i le falemai, na malaia lava i luga o le ala.”


Deidre Fanene

31 years old from the village of Leauvaa. Married with three children.
Deidre Fanene