Police in central Vietnam on Friday proposed criminal charges against two babysitters of an illegal nursery who have been accused of tying up a 14-month-old boy and putting rags into his mouth.
Le Thi Hoai Linh and Nguyen Tu Anh, both 22, will be investigated on torturing charges, police said.
Linh and Anh, who were looking after more than a dozen toddlers at Son Ca Nursery in Quang Binh Province, admitted to the mistreatment at a police station in Quang Binh Province on Tuesday morning.
Local authorities on Tuesday shut down the nursery, which had been operated without a license since last year.
They also fined the nursery owner Tran Thi Thuy Hang VND22.5 million, or around US$1,000.
Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, mother of the boy, said she became suspicious after discovering bruises on his body. She first sent him there on October 1.
On Monday morning, she checked the class camera and found that one of the babysitters was using a spoon to hit her child.
She and her husband decided to sneak into the school during nap time, only to witness even more mistreatment: the child had his limbs tied up behind his back and rags stuffed in his mouth.
“His painful eyes have broken my heart,” said Hang. “I don’t know if we could manage to erase such a horrible memory from his mind.”