BACOLOD CITY – A one year and 10 months old baby girl died on Monday, after she was hit by a stray bullet inside their house at Purok Malunao, Barangay Caduha-an, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental on Sunday, Dec. 5.
Police Lt. Alfonso Precia, deputy police chief of Cadiz City Police Station, said the victim passed away around 11:30 p.m. at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here on Dec. 6.
Precia said the child, whose name was withheld, was playing on the bed inside their house with her family, when they heard a gunfire.
Afterwhich, another sound was heard when the bullet passed through their galvanized corrugated wall.
A few moments later, the baby fell on ground and her parents saw her head bleeding.
Precia said two gunshots were exactly heard by the family.
On Dec. 7, forest ranger Nomar Ayan Berto, 46, of Barangay Caduha-an, surrendered to the police, along with his companions, who reportedly witnessed him using a .45 caliber on Sunday afternoon.
Precia said Berto, who’s reported to be a relative of the victim’s family, is detained at the police station, and is willing to execute an extrajudicial confession.
Precia said they are exerting effort to locate the firearm used in the incident, which they considered a case of indiscriminate firing.