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Monday, December 06, 2021

Police start probe on infant’s death

POLICE will conduct an autopsy of the body of John Niño to determine the cause of the newborn’s death in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC).

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Benjamin Santos Jr. said they will coordinate with the infant’s parents in the investigation.

“Mas maganda kung ma-autopsy natin para mas scientific ‘yung ating findings (It would be better if we can do an autopsy so that our findings can be scientific),” he said.

The newborn’s body will be exhumed from the Catholic Cemetery in Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.

Edalene and Roldan Añosa, the baby’s parents, filed a complaint before the CCPO Women and Children Protection Desk against VSMMC last Wednesday for the alleged death of their newborn in the hands of the government-run hospital.

John Niño was a breech baby and died last June 5 with bruises on his neck, torso and legs.

Police Regional Office 7 Director Patrocinio Comendador Jr. said that if found guilty, the hospital may face criminal charges.

“We are taking into consideration the baby’s cause of death as well as the mother’s condition after the delivery,” he said.

The investigation will also involved identifying the team of doctors during John Niño’s delivery.

Earlier, Health Secretary Janette Garin ordered the Department of Health’s regional office to also investigate the incident.

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