16-yr-old mama stabs own baby | Inquirer News

16-yr-old mama stabs own baby

/ 08:56 AM October 02, 2012

A 16-year-old mother shocked her  family by stabbing  dead her baby girl in the  rural village of   Kalingking, barangay Saavedra, Moalboal town, southwest  Cebu last Sunday.

The infant, one year and nine  months old, died of seven stab wounds int he chest.

The teenage mother tried to commit suicide  by stabbing herself in the chest.


She was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City for treatment.


One possibility raised was that the teenager, a single mother, suffered from post-partum depression or some emotional turmoil.

The incident took place in her  bedroom  past 5 p.m. on Sunday.

While her  63-year-old grandmother was  preparing supper in the  kitchen, she heard the teenager shouting.

Upon entering the bedroom, the old woman found the young mother and  her baby girl lying blooded on a   native mat (banig) on the floor.

The baby was rushed to the town’s health center where she was declared dead by Dr. Cesay Mahinay, the town’s health officer.

The mother  was rushed by ambulance to the Badian District Hospital and  was later transferred to the VSMMC.


Police recovered the 12-inch kitchen knife  used in  the violence.

In a phone interview, PO2 Rommel Gaco of the Moalboal police said they will refer the teenage girl to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The grandmother told  police that that the 16-year-old   earlier went on Saturday to seek medication from their neighbor who is a faith healer.

Ever since the teenager  arrived from Manila about three weeks ago, she  had difficulty sleeping and would often go out of the house  to stare blankly in space while deep in thought, said the grandmother.

Police said her father was unemployed and her mother was  in Manila.

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The father was out gathering seashells when the incident happened.

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