MANILA - A 5-year-old girl who was beaten up in public by her own mother will undergo psychiatric evaluation at the Department of Social Welfare and Development in Manila later Thursday.
The Caloocan City Social Welfare Department on Wednesday took custody of the child after watching a video of the girl being dragged, slapped and pulled by the hair by her own mom.
Obet Quizon, head of the social welfare department, said the local government could not sit idly and do nothing after seeing the video."Kailangan matigil yun," he said.
Social Welfare Officer III Regina Embalsado said the child confirmed that it was not the first beating that she received from her mom.
"Kapag marumi daw ang paa, pinapagalitan at sinasabunutan. Maaaring ito ay para sa kanya ay porma ng pagdidisiplina," she said.
She said the mom can still visit the child at the office while authorities study the possible filing of charges of child abuse.
The social welfare office has also summoned the mother.