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In Vietnam, three-year-old dies after beaten by mother

Saturday, February 04, 2017, 14:55 GMT+7

A woman in southern Vietnam is under investigation on suspicion of beating her three-year-old son to death.

Criminal police in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Friday said they had collected the testimony of Nguyen Thi Kim Thanh, a 31-year-old woman, for a probe into the death of her son, Ngo Nguyen Nhat Anh.

According to Thanh’s testimony, the boy had asked tourists at a local beach for food on Thursday afternoon, which she disapproved of.

The woman was believed to use a bamboo stick measuring 60 centimeters long and three centimeters wide to hit her son in his buttocks, back, chest, neck, head and forehead for his action, leaving several bruises on the boy’s body.

At around 10:00 pm the same day, Anh was sitting on a chair when he suddenly fell over to the ground and lost consciousness.

Family members rushed the boy to a hospital but he later died from traumatic brain injury and multiple other injuries, as showed by an autopsy.

Thanh also confessed to having slapped her son on the head and face multiple times on Thursday noon because the boy refused to go to sleep. Anh vomited after being slapped, according to Thanh’s testimony.

Thanh is reportedly living with a man that is not Anh’s birth father.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau police are looking into the case to determine his role in the boy’s death.

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