Prosecutors said in a hearing they would accept a guilty plea from Sosefina Amoa to voluntary manslaughter, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Amoa, 26, has been charged with first-degree felony murder and cruelty to children in the Oct. 10 death of her son.
She arrived in Washington Oct. 5 from Samoa and was staying at the Little Sisters of the Poor convent where she hoped to become a nun. Amoa told detectives she didn't know she was pregnant and smothered the baby because she didn't want the nuns to hear him cry.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Wright told the court Amoa should stay in jail despite the plea because "there is something wrong with this woman."
Judith Pipe, Amoa's attorney, said her client was not a danger and took exception to the statement Amoa allegedly made to investigators.
"We are not conceding that the statements are true and accurate, and [they] could be a result of a language barrier and cultural differences," the attorney said.
Pipe said she only received the plea offer from prosecutors on Wednesday and needed time to review it.
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