A WOMAN who allegedly attacked a neighbor who was carrying her one-year-old son faces a child abuse charge before the Office of the Cebu City Prosecutor.

Ceresia Econas, 35, allegedly got angry when 24-year-old Cora (real name withheld) touched her outside a store in Barangay Toong, Cebu City.

Econas allegedly pulled Cora’s hair then bit the younger woman’s wrist and arm. When she allegedly hit Cora’s head with a piece of wood, the younger woman dropped her son.

Assistant City Prosecutor Naruzen Delfin-Lorete found enough evidence to indict Econas for violating Republic Act (RA) 7610, also known as the Special Protection of Children against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act.

A bail of P80,000 was set for Econas.

RA 7610 defines child abuse as maltreatment of a minor, which includes “psychological and physical abuse, neglect, cruelty, sexual abuse and emotional maltreatment” and “any act by deeds or words which debases, degrades or demeans the intrinsic worth and dignity of a child as a human being.”

In her affidavit, Cora said the incident happened in September last year. She was buying bread from the store of her mother-in-law and touched Econas, who was sitting on a chair.

Cora said she did not say anything to the accused, who later approached her with a bolo. Cora's brother-in-law tried to calm Econas and took the blade away.