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​Childcare worker arrested for torturing children in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 15:21 GMT+7

Police in An Giang Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, have apprehended a childcare worker after her violence against several children at the facility was caught in several videos circulated on social media last week.

The police department in Long Xuyen, the capital of An Giang, on Monday arrested and initiated legal proceedings against Tran Thi Bao Tran, 21, who works at the Sac Mau Tuoi Tho childcare facility, for torturing children.

Tran was identified as the employee who was seen beating three children, a boy and two girls, in multiple video clips uploaded on the Internet on Friday last week.

The woman was feeding the children and did not hesitate to yell at them or hit them when they refused to eat, according to the footage seen by Tuoi Tre News.

Tran Thi Bao Tran hits a young child is this screenshot taken from the video clips.
Tran Thi Bao Tran hits a young child is this screenshot taken from the video clips.

She brutally slapped the kids and hit them with a stick despite their crying and screaming.

After the incident sparked outrage online, Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang, owner of the childcare, ceased her facility’s operation and reported the situation to local officers.

Following an investigation, police were able to identify the woman in the videos as Tran, who has also admitted her wrongdoings at the police station.

The physical abuse was believed to take place in March.

A young girl is crying as she is fed by Tran.
A young girl is crying as she is fed by Tran.

Competent authorities stated that the Sac Mau Tuoi Tho childcare facility was granted a permit by the Long Xuyen education bureau in 2016.

Results of an inspection on Saturday showed that the venue has one owner and two employees, and was providing care for 28 children.

The facility was disbanded on Monday after authorities decided to revoke its license.

Local officials have also visited the three victims and their families, offering support worth VND1.5 million (US$65) to each of the kids.

A comprehensive examination has been launched at other childcare centers across Long Xuyen to prevent similar incidents.

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Duy Khang / Tuoi Tre News

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