A US Mum hasn’t been told her newborn baby is dead after she allegedly threw the infant from a moving car in Bali before jumping out herself.
Nicole Stasio, 32, of California, jumped out of the car without warning at an intersection in Denpasar on the Indonesian island of Bali on Tuesday evening.
Villagers found the baby with severe injuries less than a mile from where Ms Stasio leapt out of the vehicle. The baby died in hospital about seven hours later, reports Daily Mail.
Ms Stasio, who is suffering from severe postpartum depression, has been detained at Sanglah Hospital but officers are still waiting to question her.
Because of her mental state, they have yet to tell her that her two-month-old daughter – who she named Arya Rose – has died.
South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya told a news conference on Wednesday that officers haven’t been able to question Ms Stasio because she is hospitalized in a severe state of depression.
‘With this condition, it is unlikely we will make her a suspect.
‘We are still guarding and protecting her, so she will not be more shocked and even more depressed knowing that her baby also died.’
Postnatal depression is a common problem, affecting more than one in every 10 women within a year of giving birth.
Signs can include…
persistent, generalised worry,
development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours,
abrupt mood swings,
feeling constantly tired,
withdrawing from friends,
feeling constantly sad or crying for no reason
having thoughts of death or suicide.
If you are suffering with PND please speak to your local doctor or contact PANDA National Helpline (Mon to Fri, 9am – 7.30pm AEST) Call 1300 726 306
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