Parents to file charges vs maternity house

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


CEBU CITY -- The parents of the baby, whose mouth was taped inside Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House (CPCMH), decided Tuesday to file charges before the court against the management of the hospital.

Lawyer Heide Orbiso, the legal counsel of parents Ryan Noval and Jasmine Badocdoc, said the couple only wanted an apology from the maternity house, but it turned out that the CPCMH "washed hands" on the issue.

Last Friday, the CPCMH released a statement saying that its personnel had nothing to do with the medical adhesive tape that was placed on the lips of 11-day-old baby Yohannes Noval in its nursery early this month.

The nurses on duty also denied taping the baby’s mouth.

During Tuesday's inter-agency hearing, the CPCMH admitted it does not have a child protection policy.

The CPCMH's license has been at stake after the alleged taping of the mouth of the newborn. The couple’s baby reportedly kept on crying, thus the pacifier was placed so the baby would not disturb the other babies in the nursery.


But the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), a member of the inter-agency task force probing the mouth-taping incident, earlier required the CPCMH to submit its child protection policy, saying putting an adhesive tape on the baby's mouth violates Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The Commission on Human Rights, DSWD, Philippine National Police, and Department of Interior and Local Government also attended the meeting.

The issue erupted after the couple posted on social media a photo of their newborn child with a tape on his mouth. (Sunnex)

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