THE one year old baby boy who was seen being tied like a dog and led into a bowl of food in a series of photos that went viral has already been rescued and in a temporary custody of the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office.
Through her Facebook account, government authorities located the child’s mother in Orani, Bataan.
The 23-year old mother Ayra Dela Cruz Francisco, who posted the photos online, later apologized on the incident, saying it was only made for fun.
However DSWD secretary Corazón “Dinky” Solíman, like the rest of netizens who shared the photos for the authorities to give action, was not convinced on the statement of the mother.
“The incident was not only infuriating but also pitiful. The child will carry that experience until he grows old, and he would even do the same action to his own children in the future,” Soliman said in a TV interview.
According to Soliman, the mother already committed child abuse when she published the photos on the internet.
“Under the Violence against Women and Children Act and under Republic Act 7610 or the Anti-Child Abuse Law, the state has the right to have a custody of the child,” added Soliman.
DSWD also ordered that the child’s mother will undergo psychiatric examination.