Father suffers nervous breakdown, attacks son

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Friday, August 15, 2014

CEBU -- A father who had stints at a psychiatric ward slit the throat of his sleeping two-year-old son inside their house in Sitio Riverside in Barangay Tejero, Cebu City about 7 a.m. Thursday.

The laceration on Prince Jassim Umpad’s neck was so long and deep that he died instantly.

His father Roberto Umpad, 29, is said to be suffering from schizophrenia and has not been taking his medicines lately.


This could be the reason for his nervous breakdown Thursday, his relatives said.

The incident happened at 7 a.m. shortly after Umpad, a construction worker, and his live-in partner Alice Cañete argued.

Roberto Umpad, 29, and son Prince Jassim, 2. (FROM FAMILY ALBUM)

Cañete, 28, had nagged Umpad for not going to work. The nagging annoyed Umpad.

Umpad had requested that he skip work because he was not feeling well, SPO1 Victor Ruel Ayuman, homicide investigator of the Cebu City Police Office, said.

Cañete and Umpad have two children—Fatima Ann, 5, and Prince Jassim.

Fatima was preparing to go to school when her father attacked her brother. Her mother was out to buy food.

When Cañete came back, she saw Prince on the mattress, drenched in blood. Fatima ran toward her.

“Mura og naglain na siguro ang panghunahuna ni Roberto mao to iyang gigulgol ang liog sa bata (Maybe Roberto was not in his right mind, that is why he slashed his son’s neck),” Ayuman said in an interview yesterday.

Cañete saw Umpad holding a kitchen knife when she arrived.

When Umpad was going for their daughter, she grabbed Fatima and they ran out crying for help.

Umpad chased them but their neighbors, who noticed the commotion, pacified and disarmed him.

Neighbors tied up Umpad as Cañete’s relatives called the police.

The neighbors rushed Prince Jassim to the hospital to try to revive him but Ayuman said the boy was dead.

Cañete and her daughter were taken to the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral to see a priest for counseling, while Umpad was brought to the psychiatric ward of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) for psychiatric evaluation.

Umpad’s older sister, Maria Rizza, told police investigators that her brother has been suffering from nervous breakdown in the last two years.

He had stopped taking his medicines, and Maria Rizza said this might have triggered another breakdown that pushed him to kill his son.

Umpad and Cañete live with their children in a small room made of light materials in Sitio Riverside in Villagonzalo I.

Umpad is a construction worker, while Cañete makes a living by selling pig intestines and “tuslob-buwa.”

They have been living together for about six years.

Neighbor Analisa Segundo, 24, said they seldom hear the couple arguing.

Inside the couple’s house, police recovered a kitchen knife and a hammer.

Ayuman said they will check if Umpad used the same kitchen knife to slash his son’s neck.

“Dako kaayo ang samad sa liog sa bata, unya ang na recover namo na kutsilyo murag dili ingon ato ang agi sa samad (The laceration is big and it appears that it could not have been done using that same knife),” said Ayuman.

Homicide investigators have yet to check on Umpad’s condition at the VSMMC.

“He will stay at the psychiatric ward for 24 hours so the doctor can check on his condition,” said Ayuman. If the psychiatric evaluation shows that Umpad is suffering from a mental illness, he will be admitted to the psychiatric ward.

But if the evaluation would show that he is not mentally ill, Umpad will face charges for parricide, said Ayuman. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 15, 2014.

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