Mother charged with newborn’s murder released on house arrest

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Guam – The mother who allegedly murdered her newborn daughter begged for her release this morning and apparently got what she asked for. Melissa Fuppul is expected to be released from custody tonight.

Yesterday, an emotional Fuppul answered to the charges contained in a grand jury indictment that she caused the death of her newborn baby last month.

Fuppul told authorities that she hid her pregnancy from her family and her boyfriend who did not find out about the baby until after Fuppul had given birth. Police say that the mother discarded the newborn in a bathroom sink before placing baby girl Fuppul in a plastic bag.

The grand jury indictment charged her with murder, manslaughter, child abuse and family violence.

Since her arrest, she had been held on a $100,000 bond. This morning, her attorney Curtis Van de Veld argued for her release stating that the bail amount set was done so with the intent to hold his client. He further argued that Fuppul is not a flight risk and poses no harm to the community.

This afternoon, a judge granted Fuppul’s release to a third party custodian and placed her under house arrest. A criminal trial setting is set for July 16.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.