A California woman who reportedly had postpartum depression allegedly threw her own infant daughter from a moving vehicle before trying to commit suicide, said officials on Nov. 21.
Nicole Stasio, 32, is accused of throwing her baby, a 2-month-old, while in Bali, USA Today reported, citing Indonesian officials. Stasio then attempted to take her own life by jumping out of the vehicle, said South Denpasar police chief Nyoman Wiarajaya.
Stasio was taken to the hospital with “severe depression,” and officials have not yet been able to question her. Friends on Facebook said she was suffering from postpartum depression, reported News.com.au.
The infant was rushed to a nearby hospital, but the child died hours later. “Baby Arya Rose finally died early this morning. We have tried our best but God has other plans,” said a nurse at the hospital, according to the Daily Mail.
The woman traveled to Bali with her parents in July but stayed there. She gave birth to the child in September amid controversy, said Wiarajaya.
“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,” Wiarajaya explained.
On Tuesday, Stasio, a yoga instructor and health coach, wanted to go back to California, People reported. That’s when the incident occurred.
When she threw the child, the driver and guide who accompanied the woman said they were unaware that it had happened. Villagers discovered the infant less than 1 mile from where Stasio leapt from the vehicle, News.com.au reported.
Prior to giving birth, Stasio had set up a GoFundMe to ask for money to help with the child.
“I am creating a life of beauty, abundance, peace, and unconditional love for myself and my little baby maestro,” she wrote. “I am full of joy and excitement to be a mother and guardian of this rainbow starseed coming into this world in mid August [sic].”
“I am doing the best I can to make my dream a reality, and with this call for help from my community,” she added. “I am overcoming my fear of asking for help. With great humility and gratitude, I ask for help from my friends and soul family to raise money for welcoming this baby into the world with a midwife and all the little necessities around childbirth.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, some women who have recently given birth can be beset by strong depression, known as postpartum depression.
“Some new moms experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Rarely, an extreme mood disorder called postpartum psychosis also may develop after childbirth,’ says the Mayo Clinic’s website.
Postpartum depression signs and symptoms might include: excessive crying, mood swings, difficulty bonding with the child, loss of appetite or eating much more, insomnia, fatigue, fears about motherhood, hopelessness, anxiety and panic attacks, and thoughts about suicide.
In the United States, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255. Young people can call the Kids Help Phone on 1-800-668-6868.
In Australia, the crisis support service hotline is 13 11 14 (Lifeline).
Other worldwide suicide hotlines can be found at www.befrienders.org.