Authorities in central Vietnam have shut down an illegal daycare center after a couple alleged that three babysitters tying up their 14-month-old son and stuffing rags into his mouth.
Local media reported that the three babysitters at Son Ca Nursery, aged between 20 and 22, admitted to the mistreatment at a police station in Quang Binh Province on Tuesday morning.
Le Thi Hoai Linh told police that she and her two colleagues only tried to "help him sleep," claiming that they had not beaten or injured the child.
The three have been detained.
Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, mother of the boy, said she had sent her son to the nursery for five days.
Hang became suspicious after discovering bruises on his body. She said in recent days he cried a lot and woke up several times at night.
On Monday morning, she checked the class camera and found that one of the babysitters was using a spoon to hit her child.
She and her husband decided to sneak into the school during nap time, only to witness even more mistreatment: the child had his limbs tied up behind his back and rags stuffed in his mouth.
“His painful eyes have broken my heart,” said Hang. “I don’t know if we could manage to erase such a horrible memory from his mind.”
Authorities said the nursery was operated without a license, after they rejected its application last year.
Its owner Tran Thi Thuy Hang has apologized for the case. The nursery was opened in August last year and received 70 children.