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Man arrested, probed for beating up 4-month-old son in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 14:08 GMT+7
Man arrested, probed for beating up 4-month-old son in Ho Chi Minh City
Four-month-old C.M.K. lies on a hospital bed undergoing traction at the Children’s Hospital 2 in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Minh Hoa / Tuoi Tre

A man in Ho Chi Minh City has been arrested for physically abusing his four-month-old son, causing the infant to suffer serious injuries including brain hemorrhage and a broken leg.

Police in District 9 confirmed on Tuesday they had apprehended and initiated legal proceedings against Chau Minh Tien, 24, for inflicting injuries on his four-month-old child, C.M.K..

K. was admitted to the Children’s Hospital 2 in the city’s District 1 on February 4 with multiple bruises and injuries.

Doctors later stated the boy suffered from brain hemorrhage and a broken right leg.

The infant was still receiving treatment at the infirmary as of Tuesday.

According to Tien’s statement, K. is the son of his and Nguyen Hong Tim, 21. The two recently got separated.

On the evening of February 3, Tim’s mother brought K. to Tien’s house and asked him to babysit the boy.

Colonel Trang Viet Thanh, chief of the police unit in District 9, speaks to the press regarding a child abuse case on February 11, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Colonel Trang Viet Thanh, chief of the police unit in District 9, speaks to the press regarding a child abuse case on February 11, 2020. Photo: Chau Tuan / Tuoi Tre

At around 11:00 pm the same day, the baby started crying and did not stop even though Tien had fed him some milk.

The father became angered and slapped the boy. When the crying persisted, Tien shook the hammock the baby was lying in violently, causing the child to fall to the floor.

Tien and his father then brought K. to the hospital.

Records showed that Tien previously went to a rehab center from March 2017 to July 2018.

He was caught using drugs in April 2019 and again in January 2020, with police officers sending him to rehab each time.

Investigators have ruled out the possibility that Tien beat up his son while he was high on drugs, as he tested negative for narcotics following the incident.

Tim, K.’s mother, said Tien often abused her verbally and physically during her pregnancy. She decided to move out with the infant child in late January.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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