Desperate hunt for a boy whose parents ‘gave him to a woman in a grocery store’ with $ 200 to look after the 17-month-old
- The last confirmed sighting of the boy was at a medical practice in Canberra on April 9th
- Police say there is no trace of ‘Kathy Nguyen’ that mother says she gave boy to
- The mother and father have already been jailed for contempt of court
A desperate search is underway for a little boy who has not been seen for nearly eight months.
The parents of 17-month-old Hoang Vinh Le (known as Vinh) claim to have given him to a woman at a grocery store in western Sydney in May.
But the last confirmed sighting of the boy was at a medical practice in the Canberra suburb of O’Connor on April 9, when he was allegedly put in a Silver Isuzo MU-X with the NSW registration CF72YI.
17-month-old Hoang Vinh Le (pictured) has been missing for nearly eight months. The police have great fears for his safety
Mother Lyn Kim Do, 21, told authorities she gave baby Vinh to an ’employee’ named Kathy Nguyen on May 19 at a store on Hill St in Cabramatta.
She also claims to have given Mrs Nguyen $ 200 to look after the baby for one night.
Mrs Do and father Hoang Thanh Le, 28, have already been jailed for contempt of court after refusing to say exactly where Hoang is.
Police say there are no traces of ‘Kathy Nguyen’.
Mother Lyn Kim Do (pictured), 21, told authorities she gave baby Vinh to an ’employee’ named Kathy Nguyen on May 19 in a store on Hill St in Cabramatta
Mrs Do has again been charged with contempt, but she has not lodged a plea.
“The parents have not provided sufficient details to enable police to identify the person they say is taking care of Vinh,” a joint court and police statement said.
‘Authorities have not been able to confirm whether the person who can take care of the child is known by the name “Kathy Nguyen” or even exists.
‘Vinh’s location and the identity of the person who is with him are currently unknown and the authorities are concerned about his welfare.’
Hoang Thanh Le, 28, has already been jailed for contempt of court
Police believe Vinh may have been in Cabramatta, Bankstown Liverpool, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga.
On April 19, 10 days after he was last seen, the court ordered Vinh to be returned to live with his grandmother.
In August, Mrs Do swore in a statement that she had left the boy with her godmother because she could not give him the care he needed and she did not want Vinh to live with his mother.
Mrs Do said in her statement: ‘I am willing to let her [the godmother] raise the child and not go looking for him as long as my mother continues to pursue his custody, “the Daily Telegraph reported.
“I plead for the right to be fair to me, a young mother who misses her child … Please give me the rights to care for my own flesh and blood,” she said.
‘I just want a safe, happy and clean environment for my son to grow up. That place is definitely not with my mother, so I had to make that decision. ‘
Anyone who has seen or may have information about the whereabouts of the child, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with reference to AFP reference 6365180.
Lyn Kim Do (pictured) with her baby Hoang Vinh Le at Christmas 2020
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