Woman beaten to death by own son

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2014 05:11 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2014 03:05 AM

DAVAO CITY - A 48-year-old woman was beaten to death by her own son inside their house in Barangay Aplaya in Hagonoy, Davao del Sur Saturday morning.

According to the family's neighbors, the victim, Merlyn Tomas, reprimanded her son, John Francis, after the latter hit his younger sibling on the face with a stone.

Irked, John Francis allegedly punched his mother and even used a bamboo pole to beat her. He, however, denied killing his mother, claiming that both his parents were drunk.

According to his father, John Francis is suffering from mental illness.

The suspect was detained by the police, but was released after his father refused to file charges against him. -- report from Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao