Couple in Compostela to face charges for mauling 1-year-old son

Police say both under the influence of 'illegal drugs'

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram, Paul Lauro - CDN Digital Multimedia Reporter | September 28,2022 - 11:18 AM
Couple in Compostela to face charges for mauling 1-year-old son

Photo from Compostela Police Station

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The couple from Compostela town, accused of mauling their one-year-old son, is set to face charges of frustrated parricide, police said.

The Compostela Police Station, in a press release, said they are preparing a case of frustrated parricide against William Valiente and Brigilda Dacua.

Valiente and Dacua allegedly abused their son while under the influence of illegal drugs in their residence in Compostela town, northern Cebu. 

Police reports showed that both went into hiding when police searched for them. Valiente’s younger sister reported to authorities about the incident last September 23. 

Valiente was arrested in Carbon Public Market last Monday, September 26 after what police described as an “aggressive and continuous hot pursuit operation.”

Valiente’s arrest also led authorities to apprehend Dacua.

Initial investigations found out that on the evening of September 23, relatives saw Valiente and Dacua inflicting injuries upon their son, who was crying for milk. 

“Both of the suspects confessed that they were under the influence of illegal drugs when they mutually abused their son,” police added. 

Valiente and Dacua are currently detained in Compostela Police Station.

A now-viral photo also showed Valiente kneeling before the image of the Virgin Mary at the Compostela Police Station, apparently asking for forgiveness when he was about to be put behind bars. 

Compostela is a third-class municipality located around 31 kilometers north of Cebu City.

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