3-year-old girl rescued from abusive aunt
Two more children, who had been victims of abuses by their relatives, were rescued by authorities through the Kean Gabriel Hotline.
On Monday, a team from the Quick Response Team on Children’s Concerns (QRTCC) rescued Celine, a 3-year-old girl, after a concerned citizen reported she was being mauled by her aunt in San Rafael Village in Davao City.
Social Worker Teresita Obang said rescuers found Celine with severely swollen eyes and bruises all around her body. Rescuers were also shocked upon learning that the child’s vagina had multiple abrasions — apparently inflicted by her guardian.
Celine was left by her mother to the care of her elder sister while she worked as a househelp.
“The child kept on crying because of the pain she felt all over her body. What was more shocking was when the rescuers found out the abrasions on the girl’s vagina,” she said.
A medical examination confirmed that the child suffered multiple physical injuries, including multiple vaginal abrasions.
The 21-year-old suspect, who is two months pregnant, had been arrested and now faces complaint for child abuse or violation of Republic Act 7610.
The child and her mother are now being assisted by the Davao City Social Services and Development Center and the Integrated Gender and Development Division of the Office of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte.
Before this, 5-year-old Keshia was also rescued from her own abusive mother in Bucana.
Keshia’s mother allegedly mauled her after the child failed to look after her younger sibling.
Rescuers also found the girl with bruises on her body. Keshia’s mother has also been arrested.
In March, the QRTCC also rescued a 6-year-old boy from his abusive father through a call made to the Kean Gabriel Hotline, which was established on orders of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte last year to respond to child abuse cases in the city.
The hotline was named after the 3-year-old boy, who was beaten to death by his stepfather.
Lorna Mandin, the head of the city’s Integrated Gender and Development Division, said the boy’s case was among the 134 calls concerning child abuse that the Kean Gabriel Hotline had received since being launched in October.
Mandin said the number of calls received and responded to by the Hotline showed that “the community is getting more involved by reporting such cases.”
She said the sad thing though was that “at least two children a day” still experience abuse in the city. CIO