Father denies charges of abandoning baby daughter
Tala Maluseu facing criminal charges on allegations that he strangled, shook and abandoned his one year old daughter on several occasions was arraigned in the High Court yesterday.
The defendant who’s facing first-degree assault, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child has denied the charges against him. Bail for the defendant is set at $50,000.
According to the government’s case, police and social services responded to a call regarding possible child abandonment. It’s alleged that when police and CPS workers were let in to the house where the child was left unattended by her parents, police observed a 23-month old infant, alone on the floor, with a plastic bag around her neck, and another in her hand.
The landlord who had contacted child protective services told police the baby was left home without adult supervision on several occasions, and that both the victim’s parents regularly physically disciplined the baby by slapping her.
Court filings state the victim’s parents came in to the police station on their own voluntarily the following day, April 24, 2012.
The mother, Imeleta Maluseu has since been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and appeared in District Court on Thursday.
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