The mother of a five-year-old girl says her daughter was sexually abused by a daycare center manager's husband in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau.
The man had disappeared by the time police were notified.
The victim's mother decided not to make a fuss for fear that too much public attention would cast a big stigma on her child, who has been identified only as T.B.N., so she only told the police days after the incident at the insistence of a doctor.
Pham Ngoc Phuong, 33, said her daughter was abused just several days after she enrolled her at a private daycare center managed by Nguyen Kim Thoi, 25, in Nghia Thanh Commune, Chau Duc District early this month.
Phuong left N. at Thoi’s house every morning with several other children, until an unsettling incident occurred on November 6.
That night, N. told Phuong that Thoi’s husband hurt her private parts, while Thoi was in the kitchen and the other children were having a nap.
“I checked her private parts and saw that they were red and swollen. There was no blood so I assumed that she had not been raped and, I guess, I left it at that.
“I thought making a big deal would affect her future,” Phuong said.
The mother only informed Thoi, who expressed shock.
Phuong said Thoi said her husband, Nguyen Minh Thang, had been drinking beer with relatives that afternoon.
But several days later, N. came down with a fever and began suffering from a yellow discharge.
Phuong brought her to a doctor on November 13 and the doctor instructed her to ask the police to examine her from trauma caused by sexual abuse.
By that time, Thang has disappeared.
Thoi told a Thanh Nien reporter that her husband “faltered” when she questioned him about the incident, but said he would pay for the girl’s medical expenses if any.
She said Thang had gone to Ho Chi Minh City to care for a relative in the hospital.
Thoi's daycare center remained open during a reporter’s visit on Monday, with six children between the ages of four and five napping on the floor.
Thoi said she used to work for a kindergarten in the commune but quit last June to open her nursery.
Tran Thi Hoe, vice chairwoman of the commune, said Thoi’s nursery does not yet have a license.