NorCot cops file parricide charges vs. mom who killed daughter

January 31, 2013 12:18 pm 

MATALAM, North Cotabato, Jan. 30 — Police have filed parricide charges Wednesday against a 21-year-old woman who allegedly killed, unintentionally, her one-year-old daughter in a remote village here Monday.

Senior Insp. Elias Dandan, Matalam police chief, said charges were filed against Jocelyn Labandero of Barangay Linao, Matalam.

Quoting witnesses, police investigators said that Labandero was apparently irked by repeated cries of her daughter Baby Novie and she hit her in the head.

As she hit her, the child’s head hit a wall, causing it to collapse and became unconscious.

In her desire to cover up the incident, she allegedly buried the child near her home.

“The child was buried still fighting for her life because we heard her saying “mama,” a neighbor and village councilman told investigators.

Hours later, when the husband arrived home and looked for the baby, Labandero told her husband she gave her away to unidentified women who were looking for babies to adopt.

This enraged the husband and repeatedly asked his wife to tell the truth and the whole story.

To his dismay, his wife told him that she buried the child nearby.

The husband ran toward the burial site and found his lifeless child.

Dandan said the mother’s relatives said they will not press charges afraid that she might commit suicide inside the police detention cell.

But Dandan was determined to file charges after the mother, who did not show any mental problem, admitted to have killed the child, although unintentionally. (PNA)



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