Depressed California mom threw baby from a moving vehicle and then tried to kill herself in Bali

A Californian woman staying in Bali allegedly threw her two-month-old baby from a moving vehicle and attempted suicide right after.

32-year-old Nicole Stasio, who is said to be struggling with post-natal depression, suddenly jumped out of the car at an intersection in Denpasar on the evening of November 20, 2018.

The driver and a tour guide were the ones who witnessed the incident and informed the authorities.

Villagers eventually found an infant with many injuries less than a mile where Stasio jumped. Initially, police had no idea what happened to the infant.

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Both Stasio and the baby were rushed to the hospital, Bali Mandara, but unfortunately, the infant passed away seven hours later.

In a news conference, South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya said that they weren’t able to get any information from Stasio because she in a grave state of depression and was being treated at the hospital.

The police officer said Stasio was born in California but went to Bali with her parents in July 2018.

The parents were with Stasio for 10 days, but the 32-year-old was left behind to give birth in the island in September 2018.

Wiarajaya said that “She refused to answer when they (the parents) asked about her baby's father,” based on the information he gathered from the driver and the tour guide, who had both stayed with 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 added.

According to the Daily Mail, several of Stasio’s friends on Facebook revealed that she had been suffering from post-partum depression.

Prior to the incident, Stasio was on the way to Bali’s international airport with her daughter.

The driver, Wayan Siaja, and the tour guide, Made Arimbawa, said that she changed her mind about coming back home and instead, told them to take her back to Ubud, which is a town famous for its traditional crafts, its culture, and for catering tourists. 

It was during the drive back to the town when the incident occurred. Siaja and Arimbawa told the police that Stasio was seating silently in the car the entire time before it all happened.

Meanwhile, a woman in Alaska was accused of murdering her two young daughters. The 23-year-old mother allegedly killed her four-month-old daughter in 2015, and her 13-month-old baby girl in November 2017.

Police officers called the case an “unimaginable tragedy.” 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.

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