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26-Year-Old Nun Smothers Newborn Five Days After Entering Convent Because The World Is A Terrible Place

conventThis is heartbreaking. A 26-year-old nun pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter after allegedly smothering her newborn after giving birth last year. Authorities claim that the child was born a week after she moved into a convent in Washington D.C.

According to court officials, Sosefina Amoa, the defendant, admitted to killing the child. Amoa is originally from Samoa, and arrived in the states in October of 2013. She entered a program to become a member of the Little Sisters of the Poor, which is an international congregation of Roman Catholic women who deliver global service to the elderly poor. She moved into the convent to receive religious classes and learn doctrine, and was to eventually care for residents.

According to reports, Amoa gave birth a mere five days after entering the convent and gave conflicting accounts to the Sisters and police. Originally Amoa said that the child fell on the floor and died, but eventually she admitted to smothering the baby. Am I the only one that feels a little bit sorry for this woman? Obviously what she did was terrible, but I imagine she had a great deal of ignorance on the subject of sex and motherhood, considering she didn’t know she was pregnant, and I can also imagine the shame and panic she must have felt in that moment.

As a lapsed Catholic myself, I wonder if Amoa even knew she was pregnant. Obviously there is no excuse for what she did, but I can’t imagine that she was in a healthy place mentally, and I hope she gets the help she needs. I think there is more to this story than meets the eye.

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  • Come on now

    Please proofread your articles. It’s getting embarrassing.

    • KarenMS

      It’s a blog, not the New York Times, and you knew what she meant. Get over yourself.

    • Low standards

      This is not a personal blog. She is a paid writer. This is her job! I think it’s fair to expect an article we can read without guessing what the author meant.

    • Molly

      If you don’t like it, maybe you should go read something else instead of insulting the author. You’ve never made a mistake in your work? So rude!

    • I could be mistaken…

      If it were “a” mistake, I doubt anyone would have said anything, but there were at least three in this article, and in the one about the little boy finding money, the dad was said to have been killed in “Irag.” That’s kind of a lot of mistakes for two very short pieces, especially for a pretty popular website.

    • A.A.

      Don’t forget that ‘soldier’ was repeatedly misspelled throughout the piece as ‘solider’, including in the title!

    • B.B.

      Also, the money was found in a restaurant parking “lost.” “I honor of” should be “In honor of.” When writing about a fallen soldier, shouldn’t at least a partial fuck be given?

    • Unhappy Gilmore

      Yeah, Low standards, SO RUDE, maybe you should go somewhere else because that’s what people need to do when they realize a grammatical or spelling error – JUST GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. How dare you expect a writer to know how to write! The author misuses commas in several locations, just FYI.

    • chickadee

      No one is criticizing her writing style or insisting that she use formal English or adhere to MLA standards, but this is a piece for which she is paid, so why shouldn’t readers be able to expect to read articles that look like they took more than ten minutes to write?

    • chickadee

      I tell my students that the best way to proofread is to read your work out loud. When you read silently, your brain automatically translates mistakes into what you intended to say, but when your mouth becomes involved, your brain registers mistakes because it recognizes them as it hears them.

      I found that out the hard way with a poorly-proofed paper I gave at a conference….I started editing as I was presenting, which was….interesting.

  • Really?

    Only five “says” after entering the convent.

    • http://ichasekids.com/ Litterboxjen

      “Originally Amoa said that the child fell on the floor and dies,”

    • Seriously

      “Authorities claim tat the child was born a week after she moved…”

  • anonymouse

    It is really so difficult to proofread? This article is littered with typos which detracts from the content of the article.

  • Williwaw

    Is anyone else recalling the plot of “Agnes of God” here? Bizarre and sad.

  • Pick me

    I’ll proofread for you… and I am cheap!

  • Ptownsteveschick

    Frances is kind enough to incorporate typos so that all of you who are freaking out have something easy to complain about. She’s cool like that.

  • K.

    I’m thinking of printing this article and conversation out as a lesson to my students in my writing class about the importance of proofreading–not because I am bothered by the typos, but because, guys–

    this is a piece about a nun who killed her own child…

    …and you’re all talking about proofreading?? Wow, that’s a lot of power for a missed verb tense.

    • AugustW

      You definitely should.

  • AugustW

    I’m not going to freak out at every typo, but I do think the last few articles have felt rushed. Slow down, ladies!

  • Jamesmommy

    Wait, I’m confused. Did she or did she not know she was pregnant? First you say …”considering she didn’t know she was pregnant…” and then you wonder IF she knew (“As a lapsed Catholic myself, I wonder if Amoa even knew she was pregnant…”). Am I missing something? Seems an important piece of the story.

    • manderspanders

      I have to wonder what the author being a lapsed Catholic has to do with this nun knowing she was pregnant?

  • personal

    Heartbreaking. Poor baby. And yes, I do have sympathy with the mother, too.

  • My2bits

    Just a COMPLETELY hypothetical thought…if the father had been a monk who entered a monastery five days before the birth of his child and killed his child only days after the birth, would we be asking if there was more to the story or would we be storming the figurative gates with figurative pitch forks?

    • elle

      I personally think yes, I would. Any time a parent kills their child I think there must be more to the story. While a woman who kills their child may be suffering from postpartum depression, who knows what sort of mental illness a father can have. I recognize that yes, there is truly evil people in the world I (again personally) am going to withhold judgement until the full story (or as full as it can get) is heard.

  • jude

    I envy the lucky dude who got this nun pregnant. Screwing a nun is an awesome experience.

  • jude

    I’m guessing this nun was getting fucked in her asshole and accidentally got pregnant

  • jude

    I would be happy to get her pregnant again