Mother criticized for posting photo of smoking baby

Following the viral photo of a baby tied and fed like a dog, another mother earned the ire of netizens for posting a picture of her smoking baby.

The identity and location of the mother is still unknown, but the photo showing her putting a lighted cigarette in the child's mouth has gone viral via social media since yesterday.

Earlier, secretary Dinky Soliman of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) issued a stern warning against individuals who commit abuse on children after pictures that show a baby being treated like a dog, naked and with a leash around the neck circulated on Facebook.

She said treating a child like a toy is punishable under the law. A perpetrator, she added, is liable under the Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) Act and Republic Act 7610, also known as the Anti-Child Abuse Law.

The child who was treated like an animal has been rescued and is now under DSWD custody.

Soliman said the baby will undergo psychosocial assessments while the mother will be evaluated to determine her capacity to take care of her child.

The case of the smoking baby is believed to be more serious as it would put the child's health at risk.