|Front view of the facility after it is closed today. — Photo tuoitre.vn
QUANG BINH — Authorities here today shut down a kindergarten whose nurses were accused of tying up a one-year-old child and stuffing his mouth with cloth to prevent him from crying.
Following an investigation by the local police, the local department of education and training ordered the immediate shutdown of the Son Ca private kindergarten in Dong Hoi City in this central province, where the child, Cu Hoang Phi Long, who was born in June last year, was abused.
Working with the inspectors, three nurses at the kindergarten, Nguyen Tu Anh, Le Thi Hoai Linh and Le Thi Thu Ha, admitted they had used towels to tie up the child and stuff his mouth to keep him silent during nap time in the afternoon.
They strongly denied the parents' accusation that they had beaten the child. However, they failed to explain the bruises on his body.
Earlier, Cu Hoang Thuong and Dinh Thi Thuy Hang, residents of the city, had found their child was behaving strangely and suffering constant nightmares. They suspected the nurses and found evidence of their actions on the facility's surveillance camera's footage.
They later made a surprise visit to the kindergarten and found their child tied up, with his mouth packed with a towel. The parents contacted the police to demand an enquiry yesterday.
The child had been attending the facility since last September.
During today's working visit, authorities found the kindergarten had been operating illegally. Tran Thi Thuy Hang, 39, the facility owner, admitted that the kindergarten had not yet received a licence to operate.
Starting in August last year, Hang provided nursing services to three of her relatives' children, later acquiring contracts to care for more children from other parents. The term of these contracts can be anything from one week to one year, and this flexibility won the facility contracts to serve nearly 100 children, who are attended by 11 nurses. — VNS