Ho Chi Minh City police have recommended that prosecutors press murder charges against a 19-year-old babysitter who killed an 18-month-old boy after being unable to stop him from crying, Lao Dong (Labor) Newspaper reported.
According to investigators, Ho Ngoc Nho killed Do Nhat Long, the son of Vo Thi Huyen and Do Trong Duc, in her rented room 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 since she and her husband both 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 locked the child up in a bathroom, and when she opened it 20 minutes later, she found him lying still.
She asked neighbors to help her take him to hospital, but doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
The police said the boy had died of multiple injuries on 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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