Vietnamese man probed for abusing 7-year-old son

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Police in the south central province of Binh Dinh are investigating a man over allegations he had beaten his seven-year-old son.

Nguyen The Bao was brought to the Tran Phu Ward police station in Quy Nhon Town, the provincial capital, on Tuesday after showing up at school with battered lips, covered in bruises and scratches.

His mother Tran Thi Hien, 31, sent him to the police after arriving to visit him at school. Hien and the Bao's father, Nguyen Van Bau, 47, who never formally married, separated three years ago. Hien lives with the couple's younger son, six, while Bao lives with his father.

Bau told police at the station that he had beaten his son, who is in the first grade, when he failed to provide clear answers regarding his final-exam schedule.

He forced the boy to lie belly down on the ground and he beat his legs, back and face with a meter-long, two centimeter-thick wooden stick. He also stomped the boy's body.

He admitted to having administered similar corporal punishment to the boy on two other occasions.

The boy is being treated at Binh Dinh General Hospital where neurological and spinal cord doctors are examining him.

Hien said she left Bau for beating her regularly, not knowing that her son would become the next victim.

She said Bao has been kept indoors and has not been allowed to see anyone, including her, so no one had been aware of the beatings.

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