A 2-year-old boy died after his mother’s boyfriend set him on fire at Purok 7, Segapod, Maigo Lanao del Norte, Sunday night.
The victim was identified as Romnick Balde, a resident of the area.
According to reports, the boy almost turned into ashes when the police discovered after the suspect Florencio Curay, 55, burned the child alive.
Maigo Police Station commander Police Lt. Baltazar Deguilmo reported the crime happened when the suspect got angry with the child’s mother because of missing money worth P12,000.
2-year-old boy set on fire by mother’s lover
The suspect first beat the boy’s mother, Janet Balde, and dragged her out of the videoke place with her 2-year-old son.
Balde managed to escape and called for help from the neighbor but left her son, who received all of the suspect’s rage and anger.
Curay did not hesitate to burn the child with dry leaves.
Police are still investigating why no resident heard the baby crying, police said.
The arrested suspect will face arson and murder into RA 7610 o child abuse.