Police in Ho Chi Minh City are investigating a case in which a man allegedly let a three-year-old boy use meth after videos of his acts went viral on social networks.
Duong Hong Thang, chairman of the People’s Committee of Hoc Mon District, Ho Chi Minh City, on Saturday told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper that Hoc Mon police officers and Ho Chi Minh City criminal investigators are verifying the videos.
In particular, one of the videos shows a boy wearing a nappy, holding a straw put in a jar in his mouth, and a man lighting something.
In addition, in some other videos, the boy has his hands tied and the man with many tattoos is swearing.
The videos have sparked public concerns. Many netizens have called on police to quickly handle the case.
T.M.T., 30, the natural father of the boy in the video, also came to the Ba Diem police station in Hoc Mon District and declared that he and the boy’s mother, N., residing in Tan Binh District, got married and have two children -- a three-year-old boy and a five-year-old girl.
Due to many conflicts, N. left with the two children in 2021 and then lived with another man named B..
Four months ago, T. came to Tan Binh District to pick the daughter for bringing up. The son continues to live with his mother.
Several days ago, T. phoned N. to borrow her social media account for selling goods and got her agreement.
After logging in the account, T. detected the above-mentioned videos and uploaded them to social media.
T. said the videos might be recorded some 4-5 months ago as his daughter was also seen in the videos.
He did not know where the videos were recorded but his wife’s Facebook account indicated an address in Hau Lan Hamlet, Ba Diem Commune, Hoc Mon District.
Police later found that the address is not the residence of N. and her partner.
They are investigating when and where the videos were recorded and looking for N. and her partner.
The Ho Chi Minh City Children's Rights Protection Association on Saturday wrote to the municipal police suggesting providing support.
According to the association, the case showed signs of child abuse.
Moreover, the boy in the videos was suspected of being forced to use drugs, which is extremely dangerous, affecting his life and safety.