The Associated Press is reporting today that a starving two-year-old was found in Santiago, Chile. A witness spotted the child being nursed by a neighbor’s mixed-breed dog, named Reina, on Thursday at a mechanic’s shop. The witness immediately notified the authorities who took immediate possession of the child.
The boy was brought to the hospital, where he was found to be extremely malnourished. In addition, the child was also suffering from a skin infection and lice infestation. When the child’s mother showed up, she was extremely inebriated, and it was determined that the best course of action was not to release the boy to her custody. Though his condition was serious, because the child showed no physical wounds, his mother was not arrested. He is currently under the care of child welfare authorities.
Reports indicate that a family court hearing will take place on September 22 to determine who will take possession of the boy. The head of the National Services for Minors thanked the witness who notified the authorities, calling the incident “reprehensible and inhumane.” Authorities noted that it was entirely probable that the dog, Reina, played a major part in saving the life of the child, trying to care for him in the absence of his mother. The incident took place in the desert port of Arica.