Dead child's bruises point to history of abuse

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 25 2011 10:14 PM | Updated as of Jul 26 2011 06:14 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A mother is facing possible parricide charges after her daughter died in the hospital due to multiple wounds in different parts of the body.

Police said the victim, 9-year-old Joan Silvestre, was rushed to the Ospital ng Bulacan after allegedly losing her balance and hitting her head last July 21.

The girl died shortly after.

A doctor noted that the child had many bruises on her body. He asked the mother if she beat her child and she said yes.

Further medical examination showed the child died of shock due to massive cerebral hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage, multiple hematoma to strong traumatic force and external hemorrhage due to multiple wounds in the different parts of the body.

PO2 Monette Guzman of the Bocaue police said authorities will file a lawsuit against the child's mother. Report by Zyann Ambrosio, ABS-CBN News