'Cannibal' mother admitted to mental hospital

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2011 05:54 PM | Updated as of Jul 14 2011 03:48 AM

Police probing if she ate own baby's heart

ISABELA, Philippines – The mother who was arrested Tuesday for allegedly killing her 1-year-old daughter in Ilagan, Isabela was admitted to a mental facility to receive medical attention.

Authorities earlier confirmed that the 28-year-old suspect "Carol" (not her real name) was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

"According to her sister, she had a previous medical record. She was previously given medical attention but her medication was halted due to financial problems," said Police Superintendent Baltazar Israel.

Contrary to earlier reports, authorities said internal organs of the victim were intact.

However, the victim’s heart was missing.

Police are still investigating if she ate the heart or if she discarded it.
The suspect and her daughter were alone in the house at the time of the incident. But the suspect’s live-in partner said Carol was looking for a knife before he left the house.

"Sa umaga, naghahanap siya ng kutsilyo kaya itinago ko. Nanghihina ako sa ginawa niya, habang ako’y nagtratrabaho parang gusto kong umuwi, parang nagpaparamdam," said the suspect's partner.

The suspect expressed regret over the incident.

"Hindi ka dapat namatay kung hindi ka pinatay ng demonyo," she said.

The suspect spent the night at a provincial jail before she was transferred to a hospital.

Authorities said the suspect was constantly singing and requesting for food.

They said the suspect even ate a bath soap that was provided to her.

Neighbors said they alerted police when they saw Carol outside her house carrying a sack. They said the suspect was caught in the act of throwing the sack, which contained the dead infant.

Witnesses added that blood was coming out of Carol's mouth.

"Dati pinutol niya 'yung ulo ng pusa tapos ininom 'yung dugo, tapos ngayon naman ginawa niya kinatay niya 'yung anak niya," said Reynaldo Gantalao, one of Carol’s neighbors.

Based on the postmortem examination conducted by Ilagan RHU, the victim died of a deep cut on the neck. -- Report from Darlene Gemino, ABS-CBN Cagayan Valley