A seven-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister were forced by two robbers to hand over an iPad while the two were taking an online lesson at their rented house earlier this week.
Doan Van Doan, chairman of Long Binh Tan Ward in Bien Hoa City, Dong Nai Province, confirmed the incident on Wednesday afternoon.
Doan said the suffered family shared home security camera footage of the incident on social media but did not report the case.
Vo Thi Tuyen, from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, and her husband went to work on Monday while their two children stayed home to attend their online classes.
At around 2:15 pm that afternoon, two men drove up to the backdoor of the home on a motorbike and began banging on the door.
The two children started to cry and call their parents, who were not home.
Eventually, the boy opened the window and handed over his iPad to the men, who then fled the scene while the two children continued crying.
The seven-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister have been staying home alone with the door to their house closed, while their parents are at work, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when schools and kindergartens in Dong Nai were closed, according to Tuyen.
The couple has installed a security camera in the house in order to monitor their children while they are away.
Unfortunately, when the boy called his mother during the incident, she was busy working and missed the phone call.
“When I got home, the two children were very scared and crying a lot,” Tuyen recounted.
"I had to spend a while comforting them."
After the incident happened, Tuyen sent the children to a nearby babysitter to ensure their safety.
She added that local police already contacted her to clarify the case and hunt for the robbers.