A mother allegedly took the life of her 5-year-old daughter and wounded her 11-year-old eldest child in Laguna on Tuesday, which police say due to the hallucinations the drug-dependent mom experienced.
Col. Eleazar Matta, Laguna police chief, named the suspect, Ana Loraine Medalla, 30 years old. Authorities arrested Medalla after allegedly committing the horrifying crime.
According to Matta, the drug-dependent mom allegedly suffocated her youngest daughter before stabbing her elder child several times using scissors.
Authorities found the lifeless body of the five-year-old girl at the family’s house in Barangay Tuy, Rizal town. The 11-year-old child was rushed to a hospital.
“Due to drug addiction, naghahalucinate [she’s hallucinating],” Matta told INQUIRER.net.
The suspect will face parricide and frustrated parricide cases.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Hallucination is an experience involving the apparent perception of something not present. Hallucinations may affect your vision, sense of smell, taste, hearing, or bodily sensations.
Drug dependents can experience hallucinations when they’re high on illegal drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine, LSD, or ecstasy. They can also occur during withdrawal from alcohol or drugs if you suddenly stop taking them. Drug-induced hallucinations are usually visual, but they may affect other senses.
People with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, dementia, and delirium can also experience hallucinations.