Officials in the southern city of Can Tho on Friday temporarily shut down a local nursery after a mother accused one of its teachers of causing her son a life-threatening brain injury.
Le Thuy Oanh, 29, said she rushed to Kieu Ngan Nursery on Thursday to check on her son, right after receiving an emergency phone call from the teacher, Nguyen Thi Lam Kieu.
“Kieu said that my son cried a lot after waking up from his nap and that he wanted me to take him home,” Oanh said. “But when I arrived, I saw him lying motionless."
Doctors said the 13-month-old boy had a concussion and could not move. He is still in a coma after his brain surgery at Can Tho General Hospital.
Kieu said the boy's sister, who was at the same nursery, pushed him and he fell down on Thursday morning. She said the boy had been fine until noon, when he woke up and cried.
But Oanh said her daughter and other children all said that the teacher pulled the boy's hair several times to make him eat his lunch. When he tried to run away, she grabbed his shirt and caused him to fall and hit his head on the floor, Oanh said, citing the children.
Authorities said the nursery is privately owned and is taking care of around 20 kids.
It will remain closed during investigation.