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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
KIDNAPPING charges will be filed Tuesday before the City Prosecutor’s Office against the suspect who allegedly kidnapped a newborn baby inside the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) last Friday.
Bacolod City Police Director Ricardo De la Paz said Monday the Women and Children Complaints Desk (WCCD) led by Insp. Jovy Cabcaban will file kidnapping charges against Lilet Lentija, 22, of Purok Riverbank, Barangay Villamonte, Bacolod City.
Lentija was arrested in hot pursuit operation by operatives of WCCD at her residence last Saturday after she allegedly kidnapped the baby inside the CLMMRH.
The WCCD will receive Medalya ng Kagitingan or PNP merit medal for the apprehension of the suspect, said De la Paz.
De la Paz said he will recommend to the Police Regional Office in Western Visayas to give an award to the personnel of WCCD because of the significant accomplishment that in less than two-days the kidnapping case was solved.
De la Paz said the suspect kidnapped the baby not for ransom money but for the sake of love in order not to lose her live-in partner who is a construction worker.
He said the suspect was pressured to get the baby because of her love towards her live-in partner.
“The suspect pretended that she was pregnant and her live-in partner and their relatives also believed that she was really pregnant and that she was forced to take the baby to make her story real,” De la Paz added.
De la Paz claimed last September 21, the suspect told her neighbors and relatives of her live-in partner that she will go to the hospital to deliver her baby. And on the next day, when she went home she has already the baby which she took from CLMMRH.
Investigation showed at about 2 a.m. Friday, the mother of the baby complained that her baby was no longer by her side together with the suspect who was just introduced to her by her husband as his former friend.
Napoleon Silva, the father of the baby and resident of Purok Cagaycay, Barangay 2, said last Friday when he arrived in the hospital, he met the suspect whom he formerly met in the canteen of Bredco Port in 2005 where he was working.
Silva said he introduced the suspect to his wife who delivered their baby only last September 17 and, when he left the hospital, the suspect stayed with his wife.
The mother of the baby fell asleep and she didn’t notice that the suspect and her baby were already missing.
The witnesses claimed that they saw a woman took the baby but they thought that she was a relative of the patient.
De la Paz said the family of the baby is willing to push through with the charges against the suspect, since the life of their baby was endangered when she took the baby from the hospital.
He said the suspect admitted that she put the baby in her underarm and wrapped it with her jacket when she left the hospital.
The city director said it is only an isolated case and it is not an organized group like what happened to Metro Manila.
He said they already coordinated with Dr. Julius Drilon, chief officer of CLMMRH, to determine if there are lapses in the part of the security guard why the suspect managed to kidnap the newborn baby.
De la Paz also appealed to hospital management not only in Bacolod City but also in Negros Occidental to strengthen their security measures and hospital policies to avoid the recurrence of such incident.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 25, 2012.