WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A nun in training, charged with murdering her own child, was ordered to be held without bond on Friday by a D.C. Superior Court judge. Twenty-six-year-old Sosefina Amoa is accused of suffocated her little boy, called Baby Joseph, just minutes after he was born.
According to charging documents, Amoa told police, "she was afraid that someone would hear the child crying and learn of her pregnancy."
Amoa had just been accepted as a postulant at Little Sisters of the Poor in Northeast Washington. She had arrived in the United States from Samoa less than two weeks ago. But Amoa later admitted to police that she never told the sisters about her prior sexual activity or that she was pregnant.
Amoa gave birth to the boy on Oct. 10 in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor elderly care facility. Police say Amoa told investigators she smothered him. A day later she and a nun took his body to a hospital.
Amoa was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder after the death was ruled a homicide by asphyxiation.
The judge ordered her to be held without bond because he believes she's a flight risk and a danger to the community. Amoa has also been placed on suicide watch.
A preliminary hearing/detention hearing is set for Oct. 23.