Lam Dong General Hospital in the namesake province said on Tuesday that a two-year-old girl, who had been hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury and other wounds suspected to be caused by her babysitters, was successfully treated and discharged.
The treatment for C.P.L., aged two, lasted for ten days.
L. underwent an emergency surgery on her head and was treated for other internal and external injuries, including a lung contusion.
She is the daughter of Cao Thi Thuong, a 26-year-old native of Dak Lak Province, adjacent to Lam Dong, located in the Central Highlands region of Vietnam.
Thuong and L. are residing in Da Lat City, the capital of Lam Dong.
As the mother works far away from the city, she left L. in the care of Cao Thi Dao, a 38-year-old babysitter at a local preschool that pays her a monthly salary of VND7 million (US$300).
In June this year, Dao, who was busy with house repairs, had 24-year-old Vuong Ngoc Thao Vy and Huynh Thi Thanh Hang, Vy’s younger sister-in-law, take care of the little girl for VND2 million ($86) a month.
|This supplied photo shows Huynh Thi Thanh Hang (L) and Vuong Ngoc Thao Vy, two babysitters that physically abused two-year-old C.P.L. in Da Lat City, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam.|
Vy and Hang’s accounts later showed that the two babysitters hit L. with their hands several times for the little girl’s shyness in public places.
On July 8, Vy kicked L.’s body, causing the girl to fall in the bathroom.
On July 16, L. started vomiting, while her body became cold and her lips turned pale after being fed for lunch.
Vy gave the baby emergency resuscitation three times before transporting her to Lam Dong General Hospital.
L. was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, intracerebral hematoma, pulmonary contusion, and other injuries upon the hospital admission.
Thanks to timely treatment and the baby’s positive response to doctors’ therapies, her health was restored to a stable condition and she was discharged from the hospital after ten days.
Police in Da Lat City arrested and initiated legal proceedings against Vy and Hang on July 18.
The two women are now kept in temporary custody for two months.