Nun Murders Baby to Conceal Sexual Activity

Nun Murders Baby to Conceal Sexual Activity

A woman has murdered her own baby so she could conceal her sexual activity in order to become a Catholic nun, say authorities. The woman, who had traveled to Washington, DC from Samoa, purposely smothered the baby right after it was born so that the other nuns would not hear the baby crying or find out that the woman had been sexually active.

The baby was born in the convent to 26 year old Sosefina Amoa, who used a piece of wool clothing to smother the baby to death. She placed the wool over the baby’s mouth to stop it from screaming. The authorities report that she was aware of what she did. A court document explained:

She said that she placed a black wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth and applied pressure with her hand for two to three minutes. The mother said that prior to placing the wool garment over the child’s nose and mouth, the child was breathing and had cried. The mother said that after she removed the garment from the child’s nose and mouth, the child was not breathing and she knew the child was dead.

A second nun, according to authorities, helped Amoa place the baby’s corpse into a suitcase and transport it to the hospital. Amoa originally told the other nun that she had discovered the baby outside, but then revealed that she had actually given birth to the infant and murdered it. The two nuns took the baby to the hospital and the hospital called the police upon their arrival. It is unclear why the second nun did not call the police immediately upon discovering what had happened.

Amoa told authorities she wasn’t sure what she should do after she delivered the baby, especially since she had previously lied to the other nuns about her history of sexual activity. Since she was not sure what she ought to do, she decided to murder the infant.

Amoa also told authorities that she was not aware of her pregnancy. Even during the labor, when she saw she was bleeding, she thought the blood was from her menstrual cycle. She has now been charged with first degree murder.

A statement from the convent where she was studying, Little Sisters of the Poor, said that they feel the situation is “tragic” and that they are praying for the victim. “We all feel this is a very tragic situation,” wrote their spokesperson, “We are just praying for everyone involved.”

A blogger who is a nun explains that nuns express their sexual urges “in other ways.” She writes, “For a nun, we vow to be celibate and so we choose to express union and love in other ways, such as through our community life, our relationships, and our ministry…We have to acknowledge to ourselves a sexual urge we may have (not bury it as if it’s not there) and find ways to deal with it in a healthy way. Dealing with it may be solved by a splash of cold water or it may mean talking it over with a trusted friend or mentor.”

Perhaps, as this nun seems to think, “a splash of cold water” could have prevented the whole situation from occurring. A nun has murdered her own baby to conceal her sexual activity, leading some to ask if it’s time for the Catholic Church to reevaluate its stance on celibacy. Social media commentary on the incident seems largely in favor of such a suggestion, but whether the Catholic Church will take notice of this event remains to be seen.

By: Rebecca Savastio

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19 Responses to "Nun Murders Baby to Conceal Sexual Activity"

  1. Alexis Klatt   September 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Do not blame the nuns, rather blame the Catholic Priests who claim to be God’s representatives on earth & therefore infallible!

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  2. Jude Steven   September 7, 2014 at 12:17 am

    If nuns were allowed to masturbate, they would not feel the need to open their legs for priests

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  3. Jude Steven   September 7, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I would like to become a priest so I can get a few nuns pregnant

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  4. Mr Rick Carufel   January 17, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Since I was in Catholic school in the 1960s I have heard stories of nuns killing babies and burying them in the basements of convents. Over the years as I have moved around I find this story common in most parishes. There must be some truth to it because it is so wide spread. To my knowledge there has been no effort to investigate any of these rumors by law enforcement.

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    • Alexis Klatt   January 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Google Maria Monk. She escaped a nunnery in our Province of Quebec. Her story is there with other nuns who escaped Nunneries & told their terrifying stories!

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  5. Alexis Klatt   December 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    This is nothing new! The Priest needs to be charged too. Upon pulling down nunneries/monasteries all over the world, skeletons of newborn babies we found sealed in the walls. Priest have been having sex with nuns since the beginning. They give them the last rights & then smother them.

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  6. Judy Dudich   October 19, 2013 at 8:03 am

    What does “religion” have to do with it ? Someone deceived others because she did not wish them to know that she had been sexually active. MANY young women (sadly) do this…just the other day, a young woman threw her newborn baby out a five ft high window, so that her parents didn’t know she had been sexually active. It is no different from what this woman did. However, because this one “happens” to be a religious sister, everyone wants to blame “religion” or “Catholic Teaching”. Who will you blame for the young woman in the bathroom who tossed her child out a window? She is not a religious sister…just someone wanting to hide her sexual activity. Can’t blame “religion” there, can you?

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    • Really?   November 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

      I’m guessing the other young woman you’re describing comes from a religious family…

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  7. Kim Ruble   October 18, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Becky. It sure made me think, and broke my heart. Also reminded me why I don’t believe in religion. Thank you for writing something so very important!

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  8. Cherryl vee   October 18, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This is a really sad situation. Funny thing is that this confused young woman, aspiring to be a nun, would have had full legal support to have had a md more brutally perform this desperate and inhumane act in a planned parenthood facility if she had checked in a few days before delivery. And that would not have made headlines. Our society in general needs prayers. No one can point the finger.

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    • Really?   November 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

      Well not a few days…at the very least a few months.

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  9. Rebecca Savastio   October 18, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Judy, I referred to her as a nun because that is what the sources say. It is easy to click on the links below the article to view the sources I used for this story.

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    • Judy Dudich   October 19, 2013 at 7:59 am

      Well, perhaps the sources are misinformed. A “nun” is someone who has taken religious vows to live in a Cloistered Convent. A “religious sister” is someone who has taken vows that lives and works in a non-cloistered lifestyle/vocation/environment.
      Just clarifying for you. Insofar as I know, the Little Sisters of the Poor, in DC, are not a cloistered order. Therefore, they are “religious sisters”, not “nuns”.

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      • Mr Rick Carufel   January 17, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        So why split hairs over the title of these murders?

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  10. Judy Dudich   October 18, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I already left a comment (which I don’t see published) but, I had an after-thought that I’d like to address: The last time I checked, The Little Sisters of the Poor, in DC, were not a cloistered order of nuns…Why, then, does the author of this post refer to this woman as a “nun”…she is a Religious Sister. There is a difference.

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  11. Judy Dudich   October 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Lord, have mercy on this woman, and all women who have taken the lives of their own infants. To say that the Catholic Church should change its vows of celibacy is not a solution. Women, and young girls, murder their babies to conceal sexual activity very often in today’s world…it is a tragic, horrible fact…it has nothing to do with vows of celibacy in a religious order; which, I might add are taken voluntarily…a person taking a vow of celibacy does so of his or her own, free, will. How one can have a living baby in her womb for nine months and not feel that baby move is beyond me…unless, a person is obese to begin with…obviously, this woman is troubled in her soul…that is not because of any vow of celibacy…she was already troubled before she got there. May God bless and heal her with His forgiving heart. Incidentally, “social media commentary” is the last place on earth the Church would turn to for guidance in Her Teachings. Thankfully, the Church is guided by The Holy Spirit; much more reliable than “social media commentary”.

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  12. Paul Roy   October 18, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    The Catholic Church’s stance on celibacy is irrelevant for this reason: If someone is a Catholic and truly believes in what the church teaches then they will remain celibate if they want to become either a priest or a nun. This is what the Church has taught for 2,000 years and it isn’t going to change now.

    If someone doesn’t like or believe in the teachings of the Church they are more than welcome to leave it and start their own, just as the Protestants did.

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    • Judy Dudich   October 19, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Amen! @Paul Roy…AMEN.

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    • Really?   November 21, 2013 at 6:49 am

      Exactly, what would make someone want to reform or diminish an organization that preys on the lost and ruins their lives?

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