A woman in the southern province of Tay Ninh has confessed to the police she severely beat her stepdaughter earlier this week for spending VND1,000 without her consent.
Investigators Thursday sent the eight-year old girl, whose name was only disclosed as A., to hospital for treatment and an injury report.
Her teacher had reported to the police after A. passed out in class Wednesday and a health officer at the school clinic discovered dozens of bruises on her chest, stomach and back.
A. told them she had been thrashed by her stepmother Truong Thi Thuy Ai the day before.
Ai was summoned to the police station, where she admitted to have inflicted the beating.
She had given A. VND5,000 (2.2 cents), saying she could spend VND2,000 and give VND2,000 to her daughter.
A. gave her stepsister VND2,000 and spent the rest of money, or VND1,000 (0.4 cent) more than she had been told to.
Ai said she discovered her “disobedience” and used a cane to “educate” the girl.