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Aspiring nun charged in her baby’s death in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A woman studying to become a Catholic nun has been charged in the District of Columbia with smothering her newborn son, police said.

The woman, 26-year-old Sosefina Amoa, gave birth to the boy Oct. 10 in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility, police said. Afraid the nuns would hear the newborn’s cries and discover she lied about sexual activity, police say Amoa told investigators she smothered him by placing a wool garment over the child’s mouth and nose and applying pressure.

A day later she and a nun took his body, in a small black luggage bag, to a hospital, police said.

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Amoa was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder after the death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.

The order said in a statement that they are praying for everyone involved.