Deidre Tautua – Fanene
A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.
The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.
The charges are assault, manslaughter, failure to provide necessities of life to her daughter and armed with a dangerous weapon namely a broomstick.
The incident occurred in May this year while the mother pregnant at the time.
The victim was the youngest of her 3 children at the time.
According a close family member Ms. Misa had hit her daughter’s head with the handle of the broomstick the day before the baby died.
The court hearing will confirm the truth of reports that the daughter had kept crying so her mother struck her with the broomstick.
On the following day, the child started crying again and her mother again hit her on the head again with the broomstick.
The little girl’s eyes reportedly lost consciousness, and her mother rushed her to the hospital but she died on the way.
The mother appeared last month in court before Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, and was directed to stay away from her 2 weeks old baby and other children for their safety.
Leiataualesa ordered that the baby and other children be placed under the care of their grandmother or mother of the accused.
The defendant was ordered to reside at her other family at Taga, Savaii away from her children at Gataivai.