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Mother accused in death of her newborn baby

Posted: Jun 08, 2018 3:02 PM Updated:

A young mother is behind bars accused of killing her newborn. Court documents provide the shocking details how the woman delivered the baby at home in the bathroom before allegedly leaving the child in a plastic bag to die. 

In jail for poor parenting, 23-year-old Melissa Fuppul officially charged in the Superior Court of Guam on Friday afternoon.

Judge Benjamin Sison announced, "Ms. Fuppul, the reason why you're here is because a magistrates criminal complaint was filed against you by the people of Guam accusing you of committing the following crimes:  manslaughter as a first degree felony. Child abuse as a third degree."

The victim is Fuppul's newborn baby girl. The child was born on May 20th at 8:40 a.m. and pronounced dead at 11:44 that same morning. According to court documents, Fuppul admitted to knowing what she did was wrong and provided this timeline of events to investigators, that on the morning she gave birth, she provided no care to the child.

The baby, she says, wasn't moving, so she put her in the bathroom sink while she showered, changed, laid on the bed, and called her boyfriend. When she returned the bathroom an hour later, she told police she took the child out of the sink and put her in a plastic grocery bag and then into a cloth bag before cleaning up the bathroom and going to the store.

Fuppul told police she knew she was 9 months pregnant but hid the pregnancy not only from her family, but her boyfriend, who is only identified as N.K. in court documents.

N.K. didn't learn about the child until she was born, and he told police he convinced Fuppul to take the baby girl to the hospital. They didn't have a car so they hitchhiked to Guam Regional Medical City. The child arrived in the bags, notably pink, pliable and still warm to the touch.

An autopsy determined she was born alive and died from suffocation, the manner of death ruled a homicide.

Prosecutor Basil O'Mallan in court today, requested the young mother stay locked up. He said, "Due to the very serious nature of the charges, and the potential for very long sentences, the people are asking for $250,000 cash bail. For the disregard for the safety and health of her newborn, her attitude directly resulting in the death of that newborn. She left the baby in the toilet while she showered. We believe that kind of disregard for basic human decency makes her a flight risk, and we ask that the court hold her on $250,000 - cash."

Public Defender Zach Taimanglo argued that Fuppul instead be released on a PR bond, saying, "On behalf of Ms. Fuppul, we ask that the court consider in this matter her lack of danger to the community, her low aura score. She is a lifelong resident of Guam. She is gainfully employed. She has numerous family present in the court today. I have spoken with her father and he indicates if released today he will take her and watch her and make sure she comes to all her court hearings."

Bail was ultimately set at $100,000 cash.

A return hearing is set for June 18.

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