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Parents who bury dead child in backyard could face charges, police say

CAGAYAN de Oro City–The parents who buried their dead infant right in their owned backyard could be facing charges, police said yesterday.

Based on investigation, the baby, named “Mart,” was nine years old named when he got ill and was buried by his own parents on July 18, 2019.

The infant’s parents were identified by the police as Bonifacio Enderes, 34, a construction worker, and Marilou Quibol, 35, a housekeeper.

Carmen police station chief Major Ian Borinaga said they made this discovery when neighbors were complaining of a foul smell coming from the couple’s backyard.

When confronted by law enforcers, Borinaga said the couple admitted that they had buried their youngest child at the back of their house, a one-room shanty made of wood and galvanized iron sheet.

When asked by investigators what caused Mart’s death, Enderes said he had a fever.

Enderes told police that he didn’t know what to do that’s why they did not ask for help from the barangay health center or brought him to a public hospital, until the baby died, Borinaga said.

What was intriguing, he added, was that Mart died in the morning of July 18, 2019 and was buried later that evening.

They did not even inform their neighbors or the barangay officials so they can avail of burial assistance. There’s something the parents was not telling us why they buried the child on the same day, Borinaga said.

He said the baby was wrapped in a cloth and placed in a wooden box, then buried on a two-foot hole dug by the father.

He said the parents could be facing charges of filicide as if it can be proven that they were responsible for the death for their child.

Investigators are still looking for evidence and witnesses that could point to the suspicion that the couple had a hand in the infant’s death, he added.

Borinaga said the parents could also be charged for burying their dead in their backyard.

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