Hospital director accepts responsibility in baby kidnapping

In a press brief on January 11, Dr. Tran Du Dong,  Director of General Hospital in District 7 in Ho Chi Minh City, accepted responsibility for the kidnapping of a newborn baby.

"This case is a lesson in management of patients from the hospital directorial board. we promised to liaise with police in seeking the baby" Dr Tran Du Dong, said.

A newborn baby who was delivered on Jan. 8 at a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s district 7 was kidnapped on Thursday allegedly by a young woman, who has told the baby’s mother that she took her pregnant sister-in-law to the hospital for giving birth.

Dr. Dong said that according to 41 year old  mother, a resident in district 7, kidnapper is a total stranger. When the mother gave birth to a healthy boy, the strange woman slept with her. Next day on January 9, when the mother went out to take milk, the woman kidnapper carried the baby away.

After the incident, the hospital liaised with police to keep track of the woman. Dr. Dong said that hospital safeguards were negligent on their duty on that day as they did not ask the woman to produce birth certificates and necessary documentation.

The hospital management board had asked safeguards to write reports and proposed penalties on them later. Hospital managers also reported the case to the district People’s Committee and the Department of Health.

By Tuong Lam – translated by Kim Chi

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