Hung Vuong Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City, where a baby was kidnapped on March 17 / PHOTO COURTESY OF VNEXPRESS
A baby boy who was kidnapped a day after he was born at a Ho Chi Minh City public hospital has been returned to his family, the second such case to be reported in the city this year.
Colonel Le Anh Tuan, spokesman of HCMC Police Department, said Huynh Thi Ngoc Thuy, 37, and her de facto partner Nguyen Van Nghia Em, 56, brought the baby back to the Hung Vuong Obstetrics Hospital on Wednesday.
After that they came to District 5 police’s office where Thuy told police that she had kidnapped the baby two days before, planning to raise him as her own son after she had a miscarriage last year.
She said she did not tell Em about the miscarriage, but pretended to be pregnant for the whole time.
According to Thuy, local media reported about the abduction along with the description of her facial and physical characteristics as a suspect, so she was frightened and decided to give herself up to police.
Initial reports said that the baby was born by a 30-year-old woman referred to only as N.T.P.T on Sunday.
T.’s mother, L.T.K.D., said the next day her daughter and grandson were transferred to the post-delivery ward.
Around noon that day a woman approached T.’s bed and chatted with D. She then stayed near the bed for several hours.
When T. and her son were sleeping in the evening, D. left to buy food outside the hospital.
The grandmother said when she returned, she found the baby missing.
D. told Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper that her daughter suffered slow brain development after a fever when she was young, and that she got pregnant last year without knowing who the baby’s father was.
Police said they are investigating.
In the meantime, Nguyen Van Truong, director of Hung Vuong, told the press that it was the first time such case happened at the hospital.
He said that for many years the hospital has contracted a security company to guard all entrances.
“Checking procedures for discharges were supposed to be strict, but it turned out that there were still mistakes,” Truong said.
He promised that Hung Vuong is improving its security to prevent similar cases in the future.
In January this year a newborn was kidnapped in daylight at District 7 General Hospital also in HCMC. The baby was returned five days later.
The kidnapper was also a woman who claimed that she did it out of a desire to have her own child, after a miscarriage.
A few similar cases had been reported in Hanoi and the northern province of Thai Binh in previous years.
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