A nine-year-old boy was beaten to death with a bamboo stick by his own mother as punishment for taking P50 without permission in Lantawan, Basilan.
The boy was found lifeless inside the room where his mother locked him Saturday afternoon.
The victim’s mother identified only as Sherma, 29, of Barangay Tairan, Lantawan, was arrested by responding local police officers.
Local police said around 1 p.m. on Saturday, the boy took P50 from his mother’s wallet then played in a river near their home.
The boy returned home soaking wet, making his mother more angry.
The mother then went wild, repeatedly hit the boy with a bamboo stick, tied his arms and legs then covered his mouth with a cloth to prevent him from crying out.
Then the mother left the boy and locked the room.
When she checked on him around 5 p.m., the boy was unresponsive so he was rushed to the Basilan General Hospital but was declared dead upon arrival.