Ho Chi Minh City prosecutors have pressed murder charges against a 19-year-old babysitter who allegedly killed an 18-month-old boy after being unable to stop him from crying.
According to prosecutors, Ho Ngoc Nho could see a sentence of between 12 years in jail and the death penalty.
Lawyer Tran Ngoc Quy of the HCMC Bar Association told Thanh Nien that if convicted, Nho would likely face a stiff penalty because the victim was a child.
Nho reportedly killed Do Nhat Long, the son of Vo Thi Huyen and Do Trong Duc, in the room she rented in Thu Duc District on November 16, 2013.
Nho had been hired by Huyen, also her neighbor, since July to take care of the child because both she and her husband worked.
Investigators said that after Huyen dropped Long off at Nho’s place at 7 a.m. as usual, Nho fed him breakfast but he refused to eat and kept crying.
She lifted him up by his limbs and threatened him, and dropped him on the floor, but he cried even louder. She then trod on his chest and stomach and again to no avail.
She then left the boy there and when she came back 20 minutes later, she found him lying unconscious.
She asked neighbors to help her take him to the hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
The police said the boy had died of multiple injuries to his neck, lungs, heart, liver, and other organs.
Huyen, a worker at Saigon Hi-tech Park in Thu Duc District, paid Nho VND1.5 million (US$71) per month as babysitting fees.
The couple hired Nho instead of putting Long in a nursery because she could take care of him until late at night.
Nho has a two-year-old son.
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