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Vietnam child protection association urges police probe into assault on 12-yo Hanoi boy

Monday, December 16, 2019, 17:11 GMT+7
Vietnam child protection association urges police probe into assault on 12-yo Hanoi boy
The entrance of the Ciputra urban area in Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi. Photo: V.Minh / Tuoi Tre

The Vietnam Association for the Protection of Children's Rights (VACR) has asked Hanoi police to probe a case where a 12-year-old boy suffered brain injury after being assaulted by his neighbor in an urban area last month.

Ninh Thi Hong, vice-president of the VACR, has sent the request to the police unit in Bac Tu Liem District after the violence against Nguyen Nhat A., 12, broke out at the Ciputra urban area on November 6.

According to the report of the victim’s mother, A. was playing badminton with the son of 49-year-old Tran Duc Ha at around 5:00 pm that day.

Ha then started hitting the young boy in his temples and chest, and kicking him in his back. He also threatened to put the boy in jail and beat him to death.

As the mother confronted Ha following the assault, Ha claimed that A. had tried to steal his son’s badminton racket and even threatened to sue the family for allowing A. to touch his son’s belongings.

A health examination showed that the young boy suffered traumatic brain injury, chest injury, and concussion.

Ha previously denied attacking the young boy and only admitted to hurling aggressive and impolite words at his mother.

However, CCTV footage in the urban area showed that Ha had kicked and hit the victim.

According to the VACR, Ha must be probed for intentional assault on an under-16-year-old person.

The Hanoi People’s Committee on Sunday also ordered the municipal Department of Police to direct their unit in Bac Tu Liem District to investigate the case.

Meanwhile, Bac Tu Liem police officers stated they were verifying the details and still needed to conduct an evaluation of the victim’s injuries before continuing other phases of the investigation.

The evaluation of injuries has yet to be complete as A. has been busy with his end-of-semester tests at school, an officer explained.

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