Police drop case against mentally-ill woman who stabbed 11-day-old boy

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Duong Minh Phat has been discharged from hospital for two months. Photo credit: VnExpress
Police in the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long said Wednesday they had dropped the case against a mentally-ill woman who stabbed an 11-day-old boy in the head in August, news website VnExpress reported.
Nguyen Thi Van, 51, will no longer be investigated. The boy, Duong Minh Phat, has survived the attack. 
At around 3 a.m. on August 8, Van, a native of Ben Tre Province, allegedly stabbed the boy with a knife at a hospital in Vinh Long Province.
The woman previously came to the hospital and told people that she was in a charity mission.
She then asked Vo Thi Hong Duyen, whose 11-day-old son Phat was being treated at the hospital for pneumonia, to allow her to spend the night on a bed next to the mother’s.
She then assaulted the boy.
The baby was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Children’s Hospital No.1, with the knife still in his head at around 6:30 a.m. the same day. An X-ray scan showed the knife had gone 11 centimeters from the baby's forehead to his brain.
Doctors performed a three-hour procedure to open the boy’s skull and successfully took the 28-cm-long knife out.
They said there were no complications after the surgery, calling his recovery a "miracle."
After 20 days of treatment, on August 27, Phat was discharged from hospital.
His family said he is now healthy but his left eye is still watering.
Doctors at HCMC Children's Hospital No. 1 said they will continue to monitor his health and development for three years.
Police said Van tried to commit suicide after she was arrested. She told police that she stabbed the boy because she wanted she wanted his family to take revenge on her and kill her, because she was upset and wanted to die.
Van is being treated at the Central Hospital for Mental Illness 2 in Dong Nai Province, near Ho Chi Minh City.

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