18-year-old mom allegedly beats toddler to death

MANILA, Philippines – An 18-year old mother from Taguig City is facing parricide charge after allegedly beating her one-year-old child to death.
18-year-old mom allegedly beats toddler to death

Based on a report by GMA News, the incident happened inside the suspect’s home in Barangay Upper Bicutan past 6pm on Tuesday, April 20.

The young mother, who has two other young children, apparently used a stick to beat the toddler after she got irritated by its crying. Although the autopsy report has not been released, more than 10 marks of wounds and bruises were found on the victim’s body.

It was revealed that it was not the first time such incident happened.

In her interview with GMA News, the suspect’s mother and victim’s grandmother said: ”Doon po sir sa taas nangyari 'yon. Hindi ko po alam [ang ugat] kasi hindi naman nagsasalita 'yung anak ko sa akin. Bigla na lang po akong nagulat may tumawag na pong taga-center na sabi wala na po 'yung apo ko.”

Morever, the victim’s grandmother said that suspect was annoyed since the toddler was fatherless like her other children.

Taguig Chief of Police Colonel Celso Rodriguez revealed the struggles the young mother was facing that possibly led her to do the crime. Aside from the fact that she is already a mother-of-three at the age of 18, the suspect doesn’t have a regular job to provide the needs of her children.

"Kung titingnan natin bata pa siya sa kaniyang edad, meron na siyang tatlong anak. Pangalawa, wala siyang trabaho, wala siyang hanapbuhay na regular. Kaya 'yun ang nagtulak na naaaburido siya. Konting ano lang naiirita siya sa mga anak niya," Rodriguez explained.

Many netizens believe that the suspect is suffering from postpartum depression, a more severe and long-lasting type of depression experienced after childbirth. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms include severe mood swings, excessive crying, difficulty bonding with the baby, intense irritability and anger, withdrawing from family and friends, severe anxiety and panic attacks, having suicidal thoughts as well as thoughts of harming yourself and the baby.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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