Girl, 5, killed; her body stuffed inside a bag in Laguna
SAN PEDRO CITY — Police on Monday filed charges against the suspect in the killing of a five-year-old girl in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.
Police Major Jojo Sabeniano, spokesperson of Laguna police, identified the suspect as Glenn Ford Manzanero, 30.
Manzanero was charged with the murder of the child, who was reported missing by her family in Barangay Patimbao on Sunday.
Police Col. Armie Agbuya, chief of Sta. Cruz police, in a phone interview Monday, said the girl was last seen playing outside their home.
He said there were witnesses who testified seeing her leave with Manzanero.
“The suspect lured the victim with a mais-con-yelo (a dessert). She knew him because they were neighbors,” Agbuya said.
The police began its search after the child’s mother, a house help, reported that her daughter has been missing.
Agbuya said it was already 9 p.m. when Manzanero’s relative reported the dead child found in their kitchen. The victim, he said, sustained cuts in the neck from a blunt knife and was stabbed with an ice pick.
He also said the girl’s body was placed inside a large pink bag made from recycled rice sack.
“The relative of (Manzanero) asked him, ‘What’s inside the bag?’ And the suspect said, ‘There’s a girl inside,’” Agbuya said.
Police arrested Manzanero who admitted to the crime, Agbuya said. Manzanero also told police he was “high on drugs” when he took the girl, the Sta. Cruz police chief added.
Police said they are still waiting for the autopsy results to find out if the child was sexually assaulted. /kga
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