BATAAN, Philippines - A Filipina incurred the wrath of netizens after she posted photos of her child on a leash on Facebook.
The photos, which were uploaded to her now-deleted Facebook account, show a naked boy with a leash around his neck crawling next to a bowl of dog food.
ABS CBN News reported that the child is only 1 1/2 years old.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the shocking photos were accompanied by a caption which read: "Bago ko nga palang alagang aso haha. Lakas ng tama ng anak ko sunod sunuran naman, dami kong tawa dito grabe (My new pet dog. My child's stoned to death, he follows everything I told him. Got so many laughs here)."
The disturbing photos also prompted the authorities to take action against the woman.
After locating her, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) took the woman into custody and arranged for her son to undergo a medical examination.
He was later sent to a centre for children and youth.
Although the photos point towards child abuse, the woman apparently intended for them to be taken lightly and did not foresee any backlash from Facebook users.
"Her child and a cousin were playing in an area where there were many animals, as if they were mimicking animals. The mother photographed her son seemingly in jest," said Marilyn Tigas, head of the DSWD's provincial office in Bataan.
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said that, even so, the actions were "in bad taste".
"The child does not know that it is just a joke," she added.
The mother could face repercussions for breaking Philippine laws against child abuse.
"No one has the right to treat a child like a toy. Whoever does this can be punished under the law," Ms Soliman said of the woman's treatment of her son.
The woman, who has apologised for what she did, will undergo counselling and the DSWD will determine if she is fit to take care of her son.
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