California mom, 32, with severe postpartum depression kills her two-month-old baby daughter by throwing her from a moving vehicle and then tries to kill herself in Bali, Indonesia
Police say Nicole Joan Stasio jumped out of the car of the moving car without warning at an intersection in Denpasar on Tuesday evening
Villagers found the baby with severe injuries near where she leapt out of the car, she died seven hours later at the same hospital where Stasio is being treated
Stasio who has refused to identify the father of her child, traveled to Bali with her parents in July
The parents stayed in Bali for about 10 days and Stasio gave birth on the island in September after her parents had left
Police haven’t been able to question Stasio because she is hospitalized in a severe state of depression, friends said she was suffering from post-partum depression.
South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya told a news conference that officers haven’t been able to question Stasio because she is hospitalized in a severe state of depression.
Wiarajaya said the woman, who was born in California, traveled to Bali with her parents in July.
The parents stayed in Bali for about 10 days and Stasio gave birth on the island in September after her parents had left.
‘She refused to answer when they [her parents] asked about her baby’s father,’ Wiarajaya said, quoting information from the driver and tour guide who had accompanied the family since they arrived.
‘But she gave the impression that she was unmarried and her family preferred that she give birth to a child abroad, like wanting to avoid something,’ he said.
Friends on Facebook said Stasio was suffering from post-partum depression.
Police said a driver and guide said they had taken Stasio [photo], and her daughter to Bali’s international airport earlier on that Tuesday evening but she changed her mind about traveling back to the for US
The driver, Wayan Siaja, and the guide, Made Arimbawa, told police they had taken Stasio and her daughter to Bali’s international airport on Tuesday evening.
But Stasio changed her mind about returning to the US and told them to take her back to Ubud, a town popular with tourists for its traditional crafts and culture.
They said she sat silently in the car before the tragic events unfolded, according to Wiarajaya.