Mother of Baby Tied Like a Dog Said She Loves Her Son, Explains her Side (Video)
The mother who tied her baby like a dog and posted the photo on Facebook insists that she loves her son very much. This is after the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) took away the baby from her this Tuesday, May 26. Below is the video of her interview by ABS-CBN TV Patrol on Wednesday.
“Yung sintas po ng sapatos, kinuha ng anak ko at pinaglaruan niya. Mismong siya po naglagay nun sa leeg niya. Meron din po kaming asong bagong panganak, yung Shih Tzu. Yung mga bagong panganak, syempre nagsisigapang po sila. Kumbaga, nakikita nung bata…yung nga ginagaya nya.” The mother said.
(My baby got a shoe lace and played with it. He has the one who place it on his neck. We also have newborn Shih Tzu puppies; of course they are crawling on the floor. Actually, my baby saw them…and imitated them.)
The 23-year old mother said she was surprised when the photo of her baby went viral, and earned tons of criticisms and sarcastic comments from netizens. Since then, she said she cannot sleep tight at night. She swears she loves her baby and that she always treats him well, noting that what happened is only for fun.
On the other hand, the father of the baby begs to the public to stop criticizing his wife, adding that he knows his wife so well. The faces of the couple were not seen on TV to protect their identities, although the mother was earlier identified on Facebook as Ayra dela Cruz Francisco from Orani, Bataan.
Meanwhile, the DSWD said that even the uncles, aunties, and grandmother of the child were also present when the baby was tied a like a dog. The agency said all of them will also undergo special counseling. The mother was allowed to visit her son at the local DWSD center everyday to breastfeed him.
The baby was known to be 1 year and 5 months old, and may be returned to his mother if the DSWD proves that she is capable of taking care of her baby. It was not known if she will be filed a case under the RA 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law), wherein the mother may be jailed from 1 to 12 years if proven guilty.