A man from the northern city of Hai Phong will not have to face murder charges for burning his children to death, as he too succumbed to burns on Monday from the fire he intentionally set on February 14.
Vu Duy Hien, 28, died after receiving four days of treatment at Vietnam Czech Hospital in the city, Tien Phong reported.
Police said Hien had been quarreling with his 22-year-old wife, and then took his anger out on the couple's two daughters, setting them on fire after dousing them with gasoline on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, when Vietnamese families were typically still gathering to celebrate the annual festival.
Hai Phong police spokesman Pham Duy Dien said they had waited to suggest criminal charges, which are now irrelevant in the wake of Hien's death.
Investigations found that earlier, Hien's wife, Nguyen Thi Quyen, had taken their 18-month-old daughter to her parents' house after the couple had an argument.
Hien drove his motorbike to the house later, carrying the couple's elder daughter, nearly four, and a can of gasoline.
When he showed up Hien found Quyen with their infant daughter on the street; he took the baby from his wife along with their older daughter to the front door of Quyen's uncle, pouring gasoline on both children and set them ablaze.
The girls died several hours later at a local hospital. Hien was apprehended soon later while hiding out at his relative's house two kilometers away.
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