Woman who killed baby in D.C. convent pleads guilty

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

Sosefina Amoa, 26, took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter Friday in a Washington courtroom. The charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, but the prosecutor handling the case said she would ask for at least four but no more than 10 years.

Amoa wiped away tears during parts of Friday’s hearing, taking tissues from her lawyer. Her lawyer, Judith Pipe, said Amoa ‘‘never intended to harm her baby.’’ She said that after Amoa delivered the child in her room at the Little Sisters of the Poor convent in October, she was in a state of panic and shock.

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