Abused toddler returned to estranged father in southern Vietnam

By Do Truong, Thanh Nien News

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Tran Thi Kim Ngan, 3, with her estranged father Tran Van To at a hospital where doctors treated injuries inflicted by her mother and step-father. Photo: Do Truong Tran Thi Kim Ngan, 3, with her estranged father Tran Van To at a hospital where doctors treated injuries inflicted by her mother and step-father. Photo: Do Truong

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The toddler who made national news after neighbors rescued her from her abusive mother and step-father in the southern province of Binh Duong was released to her estranged father's care on Tuesday.
Tran Thi Kim Ngan will now live with Tran Van To, 31 and her 8-year old brother in the Mekong Delta’s Soc Trang Province.
An official review confirmed that To is the child's biological father.
Colonel Tran Van Chinh, chief police officer of Binh Duong Province's Di An municipality, said a DNA test confirmed they are a match.
Hoang Le Chi, vice chairwoman of Di An, said the town authorities have awarded To sole guardianship over Ngan, who will turn 4 in February.
To has also been entrusted to manage the more than VND200 million (some US$9,500) readers had donated to Ngan after seeing photos of her swollen back and blue face in national newspapers and news websites.
Chi said Ngan’s family and Soc Trang authorities will manage the money.
To, who works as a day laborer in neighboring Dong Nai Province, said he and Ngan's mother married ten years ago and lived together in his hometown in Soc Trang.
The couple had two children but she took their daughter away in late 2012 and moved in with her mother in Dong Nai, he said.
To said he has many times asked to be a part of Ngan's life but he was rejected.
He now plans to file for divorce.
Neighbors rescued Ngan from a rented room in Binh Duong's Thu Dau Mot Town after seeing the girl battered on the floor.
They took her to Binh Duong General Hospital where doctors treated her free of charge. 
To arrived at the hospital on September 15 and was greeted by his daughter. 
Ngan's mother and step-father were arrested and remain under investigation for aggravated battery which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
 

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