Vietnamese foster mother ties child’s hands, suspends from beam over stolen milk box


Updated : 06/27/2017 11:33 GMT + 7

Five-year-old girl N.P.N.A. is hung by her hands from a house beam in this still photo taken from footage posted on Facebook on June 24, 2017.

A woman in northern Vietnam is being questioned by police for hanging her five-year-old foster daughter by the hands from a house beam as punishment for allegedly stealing a box of milk.

Footage of the torturous punishment was uploaded on social media on Saturday morning, sparking a wave of criticism from netizens.

Le Chi Thai, deputy chairman of Vinh Tuong District, Vinh Phuc Province, confirmed the incident to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday, saying that the girl’s relatives had picked her up from the foster family.

In the 37-second video, a screaming five-year-old girl, later identified as N.P.N.A., can be seen hanging from her hands around a house beam, desperately floundering and crying for help.

“It hurts… It hurts,” the girl can be heard begging.

According to the Vinh Tuong District administration, where the incident occurred, A. is a foster daughter of Nguyen Thi Phuong, who runs a local grocery shop.

Phuong and her husband adopted the child after her parents were put in jail in their hometown in neighboring Phu Tho Province, Thai said.

According to Phuong, A. often misbehaved and, despite multiple warnings, would steal her groceries to sell for pocket money.

Phuong recently caught A. red-handed trying to steal a box of milk to drink, which led to the punishment seen in the clip, according to Phuong’s testimony at the police station.

Thai stressed that doing such a thing to a child was “unacceptable” in any circumstances, and that Phuong’s actions would be handled in accordance with the law.

A. had been taken to hospital for a health examination following the incident, Thai said, where she was not found to be suffering from any serious injury.

A.’s relatives from Phu Tho Province picked her up from the foster home on Monday, Thai added.

Five-year-old girl N.P.N.A. is hung by her hands from a house beam.

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About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development ( I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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