Vietnamese man threatens to kill wife unless she swallows poison

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Police in Ba Ria Vung Tau Province said Wednesday that they are investigating a case of domestic violence in which a woman was hospitalized after being terrorized by her husband into swallowing an herbicide.

First investigations showed that Tran Cong Long, 30, had threatened to kill his wife Nguyen Thi Ha Giang, 26, if she did not swallow the toxin. He did not bring her to hospital afterward.

The couple had a physical altercation on August 16 stemming from Long's alleged drinking and gambling habits, and Giang grabbed the poison, threatening to drink it, in the hopes that the act would shock her husband into realizing he still valued her life and cause him to stop beating her.

It turned out differently, Giang said, alleging that Long responded, "I'll count to three and if you don't swallow it, I'll kill you."

She received basic first aid at a local medical center, before being transferred to Cho Ray Hospital, the leading emergency facility in Ho Chi Minh City.

The family brought her home the next day, but had to send her back to Ba Ria Hospital on Tuesday as she started coughing up blood and developing sores on her mouth that rendered her unable to speak.

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Nguyen Dinh Long, her 68-year-old father, said "Long is always drunk and addicted to gambling. Now that those things have harmed my daughter, the authorities must provide her with justice."

Long remains at large.

The couple has three children who range in age from two to seven. They are staying with Giang's parents.

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