Published: Tuesday 10 July, 2018

DSWD Investigates Child Left in Car at Metrowalk, May Take Temporary Custody

After video of the child abandoned inside a car at Metrowalk went viral, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) started an investigation. 

DSWD child left in car

The DSWD will decide if parent who left child inside locked car will be held liable. (Jasper Pascual/DSWD)

The DSWD said it has talked to the parents of the boy to determine their liability. According to the agency, this may result in the DSWD taking temporary custody of the child if they deem it is in the boy’s best interest.

Video of boy crying inside the locked Toyota Fortuner at the Metrowalk parking area at 4:00 AM (!!!) was posted by Jasper Pascual on Facebook. According to him, the boy was banging on the window seemingly crying for help. Pascual then asked the security guards to look for the child’s parents who arrived minutes later ‘angry’.

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In an interview with Raffy Tulfo, Jenny Caluna, the boy’s mother, admitted their fault but said they left the boy sleeping for just a few minutes while they bough food. Nevertheless, Tulfo told the mother they should never have left their baby alone in a locked vehicle at all. (Watch Raffy Tulfo’s interview HERE)

“There is due punishment to this. If parents are found (really) at fault then we will have to get the child from them until such period that we will see that they are serious in taking care of the child,” said DSWD Secretary Virginia Orogo, as quoted by the Manila Bulletin.

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“I have asked our DSWD-NCR regional director and social workers to talk to the parents and see the degree of liability to the child,” she added.

“Why leave the child inside a car with its engine turned off? Even if the air conditioner is open, that is also dangerous to the child who can be suffocated?”

According to Republic Act (RA) 7610, Orogo said, neglecting or hurting a child can already be considered a child abuse.

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