People all over the world were enraged when a woman identified as Ayra Dela Cruz Francisco from Manila, Philippines, reportedly posted photos of her baby on a leash eating what appears to be dog food.
Among those upset by the photos was Lurleen Hilliard, 46, an anti-child abuse campaigner from Dublin, Ireland. Lurleen is the founder of Nolonger Victims, an international organization that educates others about abuse and helps protect the victims.
“I was trawling through Facebook on Monday when I came across the images she had posted on her page,” she told The Daily Mail.
“If we tolerate this level of abuse and parents think they can post these images online in order to boost their page or to make themselves look good then all we're doing is saying that we support, and we're enabling, child abuse.
“What made me more concerned was if this is what she's happy to post on Facebook then what is she doing behind the scenes that nobody knows about? This is what she's willing to show us, what isn't she willing to show us?”
Lurleen contacted authorities in the U.S., who in turn contacted their colleagues in the Philippines. Dela Cruz Francisco has reportedly been taken into custody, but Lurleen is still worried about the outcome.
“Apparently, the father works for a government agency so whether they're going to try and pull some strings to allow her off with a slap on the wrist, but I'm determined that that's not going to happen,” she said. “I'm going to keep on at it and keep pressure on them for her to be charged, because it's not acceptable.”
Dinky Soliman, the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said it was a clear case of child abuse prior to Dela Cruz Francisco’s detainment.