Police in Lao Cai on Sunday arrested a teenage girl while she was leaving the northern town with a two-month-old baby she had allegedly kidnapped earlier.
Nguyen Thi Dung, 16, was caught on a bus heading to the nearby Sa Pa, police said, adding that the baby girl was immediately returned to her family.
The baby’s grandmother told police that Dung entered her house that morning, started a conversation, and kindly asked to hold the baby for a while.
The grandmother was taking care of the little girl when her parents were out for work.
“She said the baby is so cute,” the grandmother said. “When I was not paying close attention, she had left our house with my grandchild.”
The grandmother said she had never met the girl before.
Dung, a 10th grader from Nam Dinh Province, told police she was visiting Lao Cai Provice and staying with her boyfriend in a rented room.
She said that she only intended to take the baby with her for a short trip to Sa Pa, and would later return the baby to her family.
Police said they are looking for the boyfriend, who has disappeared.