Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have detained a man and his wife who assaulted their little daughter so savagely that she had to be hospitalized for treatment of brain injuries last week.
Do Trong Minh, 27, and his wife, 26-year-old Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang, were arrested last Friday, September 12, two days after they brutalized their 4-year-old daughter, Do Thi Kim Ngan.
The couple will be charged with “intentionally inflicting injury on, or causing harm to, the health of other persons,” pursuant to Article 104 of the Penal Code, police said.
The couple’s neighbors took Ngan to the Binh Duong Province Hospital early that day and reported the brutality to the police, who later arrested Minh and Trang for investigation.
The couple has not obtained a certificate of marriage, but they have lived as husband and wife in a rented room in the province’s Di An Town for five or six months now, investigators said.
They have yet to apply for a certificate of birth for their daughter.
Neighbors told police that Minh and his wife had often beat their daughter, but the beating last Friday was the most brutal by far.
That evening, when Trang saw Ngan playing on the gas stove, she used a bamboo stick to strike the girl in the buttocks.
After giving her daughter repeated lashes, Trang ordered her to kneel down on the floor as further punishment.
After hearing his wife shouting at Ngan, Minh went downstairs and beat the girl in the face, head and buttocks with his hands.
He swore at her and then tied her hands, all while Ngan remained kneeling on the floor.
An hour later, Minh untied his daughter, but forced her to continue kneeling until 12 am the next day, meaning she knelt for four hours.
Although the girl had suffered heavy bruises and injures, especially to her head and face, neither Trang or Minh took care of the girl, or brought her to a hospital.
At about 3 pm on September 12, Minh – who was looking for a new position after quitting his job as a security guard – was at home, while Trang, who is a seamstress, had gone to work.
Since the door to their house was open, neighbors could see Ngan laying motionless on the floor, with many injures on her body.
They rushed into the couple’s house and Nguyen Duy Hung, 33, and his wife, Tran Thi Que Nhan, 22, took the girl to the hospital, while others reported the case to police.
After examining the girl, doctors said she had suffered from a cranial traumatism, along with other wounds to the eyes and head.
However, as the brain injury is rather slight, the girl should recover in a few days and is at a lower risk of subsequent complications, doctors said.
She is now able to eat and talk, doctors added.