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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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Abducted baby returned


The baby boy, who was abducted Monday, was returned to his mother at Police Station 1 at San Juan Street, Bacolod City, at about 10 last night.

Mary Grace Goto, 24, the mother of the 18 days old infant named William Goto, could not contain her happiness as she cradled her baby in her arms.

“After that woman took my baby away, I could not eat and sleep. All I did was prayvery hard and cry,” Mary Grace said.

The baby was turned over to Station 1 by two siblings of a woman identified only as “Angel” from Talisay City, Negros Occidental, who fled before they were able to convince her to go with them to Bacolod.

The siblings, who asked that their names be withheld, told the DAILY STAR that Angel had quit college after she got pregnant, but the father of the child left her early this year and she had a miscarriage.

Since then, Angel has not been mentally well and is suffering from a hydatidiform mole, which is a growth of an abnormal fertilized egg or an overgrowth of tissue from the placenta.

Angel was at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City for treatment of her illness Monday.

That was when she saw Mary Grace, who was with William, who was having a check-up for difficulty in breathing.

Angel approached her and introduced herself as a relative, offered to buy her food and convinced her to avail of a rebond hair treatment that she would pay for, Mary Grace said .

They went to SM City Bacolod where they continued chatting until Mary Grace agreed to have the hair treatment.

When they arrived at a beauty salon at Luzuriaga-San Juan streets in Bacolod, Angel told Mary Grace to go inside to get the hair treatment while she would stay outside to spare the baby from inhaling the chemicals.

Mary Grace said she could see her baby and the suspect through the glass wall, but the suspect signaled to her that she was going to get food and she agreed.

After an hour, the salon employees became suspicious since the woman failed to return, so they helped the mother ask for police assistance, Police Maj. Jovil Sedel, Station 1 chief, said.

The rebond treatment was not finished and the salon management did not charge the mother.

The siblings of Angel, who reside in Bacolod City, said that they were informed by their mother in Talisay that their sister had brought a baby, along with diapers and milk, to their house, so they went there to check and even posted his photo on social media.

It was when they saw the news on television and social media posts about the alleged infant abduction in Bacolod that they decided to bring the baby to Police Station 1.*


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