Hanoi police have arrested a local mother after she allegedly threw her three-month-old baby down a due to a grudge against the father.
Nguyen Thi Nu told the police that she tossed the baby into the well early Wednesday.
She then pretended that she had lost the child until local residents found the baby drowned in the well, local newswire Vietnamnet said Friday.
The 22-year-old mother married Nguyen Van Linh through a matchmaker nearly a year ago. Linh began working construction jobs far from home and didn’t take much care of Nu, now living in Thach That District’s Yen Binh Commune, around 50 kilometers from downtown Hanoi.
Nu said she asked for a divorce many times but her husband refused. Then she hoped the baby would bring him home more often but it didn’t, she said.
She told the police that her husband received phone calls and text messages from a person she didn’t know and she suspected that he had another woman.
She then said she decided to “end everything” with the baby.
Linh’s family said Nu just lied “calmly” in her room while people rushed to find the boy. She cried when the body was taken out of the well, they said.
Nu’s mother-in-law said the woman had been silent most of the time since her marriage and was not very good at taking care of the baby.
Linh’s family speculated that Nu possibly thought killing the baby might get her the divorce she wanted.
Source: Thanh Nien