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Vietnamese doctor arrested for allegedly poisoning grandson with rodenticide

Wednesday, August 05, 2020, 15:00 GMT+7
Vietnamese doctor arrested for allegedly poisoning grandson with rodenticide
A general hospital in Vu Thu District, Thai Binh Province, Vietnam, where Chu Thi My L., 51, works as a doctor prior. L. was arrested on August 2, 2020 on an attempted murder accusation for allegedly poisoning her grandson with rodenticide. Photo: Khanh Linh / Tuoi Tre

Police in Vietnam have arrested a woman for allegedly poisoning her grandson with rodenticide, causing the victim to be hospitalized in a critical condition in the belief that would free him and his family from his medical problems forever.

Chu Thi My L., 51, who is a doctor at a general hospital in Vu Thu District, northern Thai Binh Province, was apprehended on suspicion of murder on Sunday, local police officers confirmed on Tuesday.

According to preliminary information, L.’s one-year-old grandson, Le Tran Duong M., was admitted to Thai Binh Pediatrics Hospital in a severe state on July 15.

The infant has congenital cerebral palsy, a condition linked to a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.

As the child’s health continued to worsen after days of treatment at the infirmary, the young patient was transferred to the Vietnam National Children’s Hospital in Hanoi. He is in a stable condition there.

Doctors at the Hanoi hospital detected a high level of a poisonous substance often found in rodenticide in the boy’s test samples.

They believed that the young boy had been poisoned and reported the case to police officers.

Following an investigation, officers were able to identify his grandmother L. as the prime suspect.

At the police station, the woman claimed she had mixed milk with rodenticide and fed it to the young boy twice, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper stated.

The poisoned milk was given to the boy once when he was at home, and on another occasion while he was being treated at Thai Binh Pediatrics Hospital, according to L.

She claimed to have wanted to "relieve the grandson of the medical problems that pain him [and his parents] every day" once and for all.

Further investigation is ongoing.

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