Police in central Vietnam are keeping a boy who ran away from his home with a chain his father locked around his neck.
Pham Van Hai, chief police officer of a commune in Nghi Loc District, Nghe An Province, said he and some locals spotted the boy on the street on Friday afternoon.
Phan Van Sy, 12, was scared and exhausted and it took some time before he could tell them that he had been chained to a tree by his father, and managed to escape, on Thursday afternoon.
Police have summoned his father, a farmer who lives 6 kilometers away from where the boy was found.
Phan Van Dai, 68, said he had to chain his son because Sy was "stubborn and naughty" and he was "out of options to teach him."
Sy is the sixth out of Dai's seven children. Dai said he let his son drop out during sixth grade after receiving numerous complaints from teachers for years.
Dai said he had chained Sy three times. This time he did so after Sy cut a friend with a knife on Wednesday, he said.
He said Sy once stole a neighbor's buffalo.
Dai claimed he didn't know that chaining his son was violating laws.
"It broke my heart doing so.... I thought it was the only way to keep him from doing bad things," he said.
Sy has been fed, given a shower and new clothes as police now continue their investigation.