On Wednesday, D.C. Metropolitan police arrested Sosefina Amoa, 26, after she reportedly smothered her baby boy, only minutes after giving birth to him.
On October 10, the baby was born in Amoa's room at the Little Sisters of the Poor facility in Washington D.C.
Amoa was studying to become a nun and had only been in the country for five days when the baby was killed.
Initially, Amoa allegedly told detectives "she heard the child cry for two to three minutes" and then nothing, so "she wrapped the child in Samoan garb, placed the child on her bed...remained in her room" until the next morning.
According to police, she told a sister the next morning, who found the newborn cold and stiff. So she wrapped him up and took him to the hospital in "a small black luggage bag."
Amoa told detectives that she placed a "black wool garment over the child's nose and mouth and applied pressure with hand for two to three minutes," according to court documents.
She told police that she did not know she was pregnant and killed the baby to cover up her prior sexual activity.
An autopsy has confirmed the child died of asphyxiation.
Amoa has been charged with first-degree murder and is currently being held at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility on $200,000 bond.