Apprentice Nun Who Killed Her Newborn in Convent Deserves Some Compassion (VIDEO)

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sosefina amoaHow does this even happen? A would-be nun says she killed her newborn baby because she was afraid the other nuns would hear his cries. When 26-year-old Sosefina Amoa traveled from Samoa to a convent in Washington, D.C., she says she had no idea she was pregnant. But alone in her room one night she felt abdominal pains and eventually gave birth to a 6-pound, 2-ounce baby.

What exactly happened next isn't clear yet, but by the next morning, she and a nun brought the dead baby to a nearby hospital. The hospital staff called the police immediately, and Amoa eventually told police that she covered her newborn's face with a piece of black wool clothing and smothered him to death. She didn't want the nuns to learn of her past sexual activity.

Amoa wasn't technically a nun herself yet. She had joined the convent (and attached senior center) Little Sisters of the Poor as a postulant, a person who is working toward becoming a nun. She had traveled 7,000 miles, halfway across the globe, to enter a life of religious study, prayer, and service. Now she faces a very different future.

Killing a baby is a terrible thing to do -- but I can't help wondering what the rest of Amoa's story is. She could be mentally ill. Whatever her sexual history, it sounds like she wanted to make a change. But maybe she should have waited a little longer before committing to such a different way of life.

Most of all, it's sad that Amoa was too scared to trust the nuns with the shocking news that she had just had a baby. She must have been incredibly desperate. I hope, whatever her whole story is, that there will be some compassion for Amoa. Whatever went wrong in that convent began long before she arrived there.

Do you think Amoa really didn't know she was pregnant before she entered the convent?

 

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kelti... kelticmom

Excuse me? No woman who knowingly suffocates and kills their newborn baby deserves even an ounce of compassion! That act goes against every strand of female genetics. We kill FOR our babies. I don't care how "scared she was" she could have snuck out or just been straight forward with the nuns. This is a woman who presumably wanted to dedicate her entire life to God, and she murders her baby?!

BPayne09 BPayne09

She deserves compassion?! Are you freakin kidding me? She killed her child! Nobody deserves any compassion for killing their child!

nonmember avatar mel

I think everyone deserves compassion.

erica-3 erica-3

Yeah, I feel no compassion whatsoever for a woman who murdered her newborn.

adamat34 adamat34

Hebrews 5:2. he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness

Lilit... Lilith.23

Im going to refrain myself for insulting whoever wrote this article.

I'm mature, and I as a mother, could never ever have any ounce not even a tiny speck of compassion for this woman, and i hope when she gets judged they give her life in prison or better yet death.

She suffocated her newborn so others nun wouldn't hear him cry?

And she's talking about wanting to be a nun, a servant of God while she had no mercy killing her own blood, her baby.

Now i hope other will understand me when i say, she's a fucking cold blooded killer and she shall rot in hell.

Mrseoc Mrseoc

Poor frightened confused mother. Poor helpless child. This is heartbreaking

Taisie Taisie

Oh hell no! This woman deserves absolutely  no compassion whatseoever!

nonmember avatar cristin

"Whatever went wrong in that convent began long before she arrived there."


Did I miss something? Did some nun tell her to kill the baby? Did another nun actually kill the baby? Then why is the blame and assumption of wrong doing being placed on the convent. OBVIOUSLY the newly arrived "nun in training" had something terribly wrong with HER. You said as much when you typed in bold that she didnt want them to know of her past sexuality. At what point did they not offer compassion? Was it when they accompanied her with her dead child to the hospital? Sounds to me like they were full of compassion. They didnt call the cops...although I would have.

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

What if this were a drug addict or a scared teenager? Would they deserve compassion also? No. This woman was in training to become a nun, isn't "thou shalt not kill" the very first commandment? She doesn't deserve compassion, she deserves to spend the rest of her life in jail.

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