Woman who killed baby in DC convent pleads guilty

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Samoan woman studying to become a nun has pleaded guilty to killing her newborn son at a convent in Washington.

Sosefina Amoa took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in a Washington courtroom. The prosecutor handling the case said she would ask for a sentence of at least four years but no more than 10 years in prison.

Amoa was arrested in October after giving birth to a boy at the Little Sisters of the Poor convent and then suffocating him.

Amoa's lawyer says it was never Amoa's intent to harm her baby. Her lawyer says the woman was in a state of panic and shock and put her hand over the baby's mouth to quiet him, smothering him. Sentencing was set for May 23.

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