Police rescue 2 ‘abused’ girls

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Friday, February 7, 2014


TWO girls were rescued by police after they were allegedly maltreated by their parents in Barangay Bitoon, Dumanjug, Cebu last Wednesday afternoon.

PO2 Romeo Legaspi Jr. of the Dumanjug Police Station said the victims, ages three and five, were locked inside their house when police arrived past 4 p.m.

Their mother, 22, who is carrying another child, and their stepfather, 19, were arrested when they got home.

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Their names are withheld to protect the girls’ identity.

Legaspi said the girls bore bruises in different parts of their bodies. The stepfather allegedly used a pair of pliers to cuts the three-year-old girl’s ear.

“The kids are in a pitiful state. They’re covered in cuts,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

The rescue came after a staff from the mayor’s office reported the incident last Wednesday.

A team of policemen went to Bito-on to verify and found the girls alone in the house. The door was chained.

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“The kids were very hungry. They hadn’t eaten,” Legaspi said in Cebuano.

The police were forced to open the window and bring the girls to the police station where they were given food.

“They were shaking when they arrived at the station,” Legaspi said in Cebuano.

The girls’ parents were out gathering copras when police arrived.

When interviewed by police, the parents denied abusing the girls.

“Finally they admitted maltreating the girls, but they denied mauling them,” he said.

Neighbors, Legaspi said, didn’t report the incident to avoid conflict with the parents.

“Mahadlok lagi kuno sila (They were afraid to interfere),” he added.

The girls were turned over yesterday to the custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

A complaint for violating Republic Act 7610, or the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act, will be filed against the parents.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2014.

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