Arrest warrant served against mother who beat 8-year-old daughter with wood in 2019

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A WOMAN wanted for beating her eight-year-old daughter was arrested in Sitio Canlaguno, Barangay Poblacion in the southwestern town of Aloguinsan, Cebu, on Tuesday night, September 13, 2022.

The arrest warrant against 49-year-old Basilisa Cañete Ricaplaza was issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Ruben Altubar in Toledo City on June 30, 2020, yet.

Bail was set at P200,000.

The accused is charged with violating Section 10 of Republic Act 7610, or the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

Lieutenant Roberto Barnido Jr., chief of the Aloguinsan Police Station, told Superbalita Cebu the case was filed in 2019 by the child’s grandmother and aunt.

He said the victim is the accused’s daughter with her second live-in partner before they separated.

According to Barnido, the eight-year-old girl suffered physical abuse in the hands of Ricaplaza.

"Grabi kaayo ni siya makakastigo sa bata. Bunalbunala’g kahoy nanglibagha ang lawas sa bata (The mother would punish the girl so severely. She would beat her black and blue with a piece of wood)," the police officer said.

Ricaplaza, who has a new live-in partner, expressed remorse and regret during her arrest. She told police she couldn’t control her anger every time she castigated her daughter.

Meanwhile, Barnido said Ricaplaza should serve as a warning to mothers who physically abuse their children. (GPL, PJB)