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Ho Chi Minh City woman arrested after beating boy restrained to utility pole

Ho Chi Minh City woman arrested after beating boy restrained to utility pole

Saturday, August 26, 2023, 15:48 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City woman arrested after beating boy restrained to utility pole
A screenshot from the CCTV footage recording Le Thi Diem Trang beating eight-year-old T. with a broom while he was naked and tied to a utility pole in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City, August 23, 2023. Photo: Supplied

Police in District 12, Ho Chi Minh City on Friday arrested a 35-year-old woman for tying an eight-year-old boy to a power pole and beating him with a broom. 

Le Thi Diem Trang, 35, declared that she had beaten T., who is her eight-year-old neighbor, about 10 times.

C., who is T.’s father, had had Trang take care of T. since June as C. was busy working and T. was on summer holiday.

On Wednesday afternoon, local peoples witnessed Trang using a broom to hit T. while he was restrained to an electric pole without clothes. 

They stepped in and subsequently informed the authorities about the incident. 

Trang has admitted that since she was entrusted with looking after T., she has physically disciplined T. in approximately ten instances due to T.’s disobedience. 

The woman compelled T. to lie face-down on the floor and used bamboo chopsticks, belts, and broom to hit his buttocks, delivering five to six blows during each of these occurrences.

On Wednesday, while overseeing T.’s studies, Trang noticed that he was neglecting his homework. 

In response, she removed all his clothing, brought him to the front of the house, used an Internet cable to tether him to a utility pole, berated him, and repeatedly struck him with a broom handle. 

While T. cried and struggled to free himself from the rope, Trang executed about 28 blows on him with the broom stick.

By examining the marks present on T.’s body, officers documented approximately 15 bruises.

On Friday, the police investigative unit in District 12 promptly apprehended Trang for probing into allegations of physical abuse toward others.

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Bao Anh - Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre News

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