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Samoa nurses plead not guilty over baby deaths — inquiry set

The courthouse in Apia, Samoa.

Apia, SAMOA — Two nurses accused of killing two babies in Samoa have pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court at Apia.

The two accused, Leutogi Te'o and Luse Emo Tuavale, entered a not guilty plea to manslaughter, conspiracy to defeat the course of justice and negligence.

The women remain on bail for a hearing set down for January next year.

The one year old infants died in July soon after receiving a vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella at a clinic in Savai'i.

A Commission of Inquiry into their deaths is set to start next Monday.

The inquiry will hear from the National Health Service, the Ministry of Health and the Samoa School of Nursing at the National University, as well as registered nurses and the medical association.