Parents beat up 7-year-old girl for lacking appetite

By Phuoc Tuan, Van Tram   July 29, 2022 | 04:00 am PT
Parents beat up 7-year-old girl for lacking appetite
Multiple injuries are seen on the back of a 7-year-old girl in Binh Phuoc. Photo by VnExpress/Van Tram
The parents of a 7-year-old girl in southern Vietnam's Binh Phuoc Province are being investigated for repeatedly beating up their daughter.

Tran Thanh Tu, stepfather of the girl, was detained for three months Friday, pending investigations into the girl's abuse. His wife, Lau Y Lau, is also being investigated on the same charge, but has been allowed to stay home to raise her small children.

The abuse came to light Wednesday after a neighbor discovered many injuries on the girl's body.

Tu and Lau got married in 2020. They took in the 7-year-old girl, Lau’s daughter, to live with them in February this year.

Tu and Lau admitted beating the girl because she often "messed with our personal belongings" and "threw food away."

Nguyen Thanh Phuong, a local official, said doctors were treating the girl's injuries and she had been placed under the care of the local women's union.

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