A DAY after she was reported missing, a nine-year-old girl was found lying face down with head injuries at a vacant lot in Barangay Taculing, Bacolod City Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Police Major Leo Estopa, commander of Police Station 6, said the girl, whose name he withheld, is now recuperating at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) in the city.

The suspect, identified as Sherwin Trava, 32, of Barangay Lag-asan in Bago City voluntarily surrendered to the local police later on Saturday, Estopa said.

Trava, who happened to be a friend of the victim’s father, admitted that he hit the victim with a stone and left her at the vacant at City Heights Subdivision, he added.

Asked if the victim had been sexually abused, Estopa said she has yet to undergo examination.

Investigation showed that on Friday, the suspect was at the area in Barangay Banago where the victim lives and asked her to accompany him in buying bread.

After several hours, the victim failed to go home, prompting her family to report her missing, the investigation added.

Full of regrets, Trava apologized to the victim’s family saying he just lost his temper because the child was annoying him and wanted to go home.

He said they were supposed to buy bread, but he changed his mind and decided to meet up with his girlfriend instead.

However, he saw her entering a motel in Barangay Taculing, the suspect said.

Trava denied abducting the child, claiming that she insisted to go with him.

An alleged former drug user, Trava said he surrendered as advised by a pastor. He told authorities where he left the child.

Despite his admittance, the police noted several inconsistencies in the statement of the suspect.

Charges have yet to be determined by the police pending the result of the victim’s medical examination.