Officials looking for family of toddler left on taxi in Ho Chi Minh City

By Ngoc Le – Ngoc Tho, Thanh Nien News

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A photo provided by officials from Ward 1, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City shows a boy having milk at the ward office after a woman leaves him to a taxi driver early on December 2, 2014 A photo provided by officials from Ward 1, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City shows a boy having milk at the ward office after a woman leaves him to a taxi driver early on December 2, 2014

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Government staffs in Ho Chi Minh City's District 8 are taking care of a boy of around two years old that a woman left to a taxi driver early on Tuesday.
Officials of the district’s Ward 1 are working with the police to track down the boy’s family.
If they fail, the boy will have to go to an orphanage.
Ho Minh Thuan, the taxi driver from Vinasun company, said he picked up a woman carrying the boy at nearly midnight at Trung Son circle between District 8 and Binh Chanh District.
The woman asked to go to Ton Dan Street in District 4.
But when they arrived, she asked to go back.
Thuan said she made him drove back and forth the two destinations four times until she asked him to drive her to an alley near Kenh Xang Bridge in Ward 1, District 8 for her to borrow money to pay the taxi fare.
When they arrived at the alley at 2:30 a.m., the woman asked Thuan to hold the boy, who was sleeping, and waited for her.
But after around one and a half hour, she did not come back.
Thuan called back to his company asking for solution and his boss asked him to bring the boy to the ward government office.
He said the woman was tan, skinny, and around 30 years old.

 Vinasun taxi driver Ho Minh Thuan and a boy a woman left on his car early on December 2, 2014. Photo: Ngoc Tho

 
Vu Yen Oanh, chairwoman of Ward 1, said they have assigned two employees to take turn to take care of the boy.
Oanh said the boy has been good since he was brought to the ward. He had porridge, milk and some sleep.
He did not respond to the officials’ questions of his family.
The district is spreading out the news about the boy on its speakers, hoping to reach his family.
Many families in the district have come and asked to adopt him.

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