Woman in baby suffocation case may take plea deal

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Melissa Fuppul is facing manslaughter and child abuse for the death of her newborn daughter in 2018.

A woman who is facing manslaughter may not be headed to trial as a deal is in the works.

Melissa Fuppul is facing manslaughter and child abuse for the death of her newborn daughter in 2018.

Her attorney Curtis Van de Veld told the court today that progress has been made and a plea offer was received on Monday.

He further stated that the deal needed to be reviewed with Fuppul and a counteroffer may result.

Court documents state that Fuppul admitted that she hid her pregnancy from her family and boyfriend, further telling police that she knew what she had done was “wrong.”

While her attorney previously stated that the baby had died during birth, then Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola determined that the baby girl was born alive and that the cause of death was suffocation. Espinola ruled the newborn’s death a homicide.

A hearing is set for Feb. 6.

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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.