California woman with severe postpartum depression throws two-month-old daughter out of moving car
The 32-year-old mother Nicole Stasio then attempted to take her own life by jumping out of the vehicle
An American woman suffering from extreme postpartum depression has allegedly killed her two-month-old baby daughter by throwing the child from a moving car in Bali. The 32-year-old mother Nicole Stasio then attempted to take her own life by jumping out of the vehicle.
On Tuesday evening, Nicole jumped out of the car without any warning at an intersection in Denpasar, according to statements given by her driver and tour guide to the police. The police shared that they were initially unaware of what had happened to the baby girl but villagers discovered the child with numerous injuries less than a mile from where Nicole had jumped out of the vehicle.
The baby passed away around seven hours later at the same hospital, Bali Mandara, where Nicole was being treated.
According to the South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya, officers have been unable to question Nicole as she is hospitalized given the severe state of her depression. Nyoman shared that Nicole was born in California and had traveled to Bali with her parents in July.
Nicole's parents stayed in Bali for around 10 days and she gave birth on the island in September after her parents had left. While quoting information from the driver and tour guide, Wiarajaya shared, "She refused to answer when they (the parents) asked about her baby's father. 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."
Nicole's friends on Facebook shared that she was suffering from extreme post-partum depression. The driver Wayan Siaja and tour guide Made Arimbawa shared with authorities that they had accompanied Nicole and her daughter to Bali International Airport on Tuesday evening. However, Nicole decided against going back to the US and told them to take her back to Ubud. It is reported that Nicole sat in the car very quietly before the tragic events occurred.