Man stabs 6-year-old nephew 22 times

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy died af­ter he was al­legedly stabbed 22 times by his un­cle who was re­port­edly un­der the in­flu­ence of il­le­gal drugs in­side their house at Barangay Sing­cang-air­port in Ba­colod City early Satur­day.

Po­lice with­held the name of the fa­tal­ity.

Based on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the Women and Chil­dren’s Pro­tec­tion Desk (WCPD), the vic­tim was sleep­ing be­side his un­cle, 32-year-old Ar­nel An­to­nio, when the lat­ter woke up at 12 mid­night and sud­denly at­tacked him with a buckle knife.

An­to­nio’s sis­ter, Cher­i­lyn Sal­gado, was at the ad­ja­cent house along with the vic­tim’s sev­enyear-old brother when she heard a shout.

She hur­riedly went to his brother’s house and saw her nephew al­ready cov­ered with blood. The vic­tim suc­cumbed to 22 stab wounds.

Sal­gado, in a me­dia in­ter­view, said An­to­nio takes care of the vic­tim for six months now be­cause his father is work­ing in Cebu while his mother was not at the house when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

The vic­tim’s father im­me­di­ately went home af­ter he learned about the in­ci­dent.

An­to­nio went emo­tional when he told the me­dia that he com­mit­ted the crime be­cause he thought his nephew was an “aswang” (shapeshift­ing evil spirit).

Po­lice said they have no ba­sis that the sus­pect has been into il­le­gal drugs be­cause he did not even un­dergo a drug test.

How­ever, his sis­ter con­firmed it to the au­thor­i­ties.

The sus­pect may face mur­der charges in re­la­tion to Repub­lic Act 7610 or the Spe­cial Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren Against Abuse, Ex­ploita­tion and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Act. He is de­tained at Po­lice Sta­tion 8.

Chief In­spec­tor Sher­lock Ga­bana, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO), said the sus­pect was ar­rested in pur­suit op­er­a­tion in the said vil­lage through the help of a con­cerned cit­i­zen.*

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