A woman from Vietnam’s Mekong Delta has accused a group of traffic police officers of attacking her three-year-old son and breaking his nose last week.
Colonel Nguyen Van Tao, deputy director of the Department of Public Security in Tien Giang Province, said on Thursday that the agency had directed relevant units to verify the accusation.
Investigators are accessing the information sources and collecting necessary evidence in the case, Tao continued.
Huynh Thao Suong, 32, from the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, posted a status on Facebook last weekend stating that her three-year-old son – Nguyen Minh K. – had been hospitalized after being attacked by some traffic policemen.
During an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, Suong confirmed that she had posted the information on the social media network.
“At around 10:00 pm on October 20, my husband was carrying me and our son on a motorbike to Ho Chi Minh City,” Suong recalled.
After reaching Trung Luong Intersection in Tien Giang Province, police officers signaled for them to pull over.
“We were so worried about our son’s illness that we did not hear the traffic police’s whistle, and ended up being chased after and attacked by the officers," Suong said.
“We later noticed that our son’s face was full of blood.”
The couple reported the incident to the local police unit and took the boy to Tien Giang General Hospital. He was later transferred to Children’s Hospital 1 in Ho Chi Minh City with a broken nose bridge.
Officers under the police station in Chau Thanh District, Tien Giang Province stated that they did receive the report from Viet – Suong’s husband – that day.
Viet said he believed that the traffic officers had swung a flashlight at them, resulting in his son’s injury.
Police in Chau Thanh District have asked some local residents, but no one recalled witnessing such an incident.
Nguyen Van Dung, head of the traffic police division under the Tien Giang Department of Public Security, confirmed that a team of officers was patrolling National Highway No. 1 and Trung Luong Intersection on the night of October 20.
“However, these officers said they neither pulled over Viet and Suong nor swung their flashlights at the couple,” Dung continued.