Vo Thi Y, 57-year-old baby-sitter was summoned by Thuan Giao ward, Thuan An commune Police in the southern province of Binh Duong on Thursday, after allegations that she had given soporific drugs to two children.
BINH DUONG —
On Wednesday, 15-month-old Nguyen Vu Yen Nhi and 13-month-old Ich Minh Duc, were found to have lost consciousness while under Y's care at her home. The two babies were immediately taken to local Hoan Hao Hospital for treatment.
Investigators found a bag containing 16 kinds of medicine at Y's home, including three unidentified drugs.
The stash contained CLHfeniramin, which is commonly used to ease runny noses. Doctors say the medicine can cause sleepiness in adults and deep sleep among children.
The two children are among five young kids Y regularly baby-sat for, earning VND650,000 (US$32.5) a month. The parents of the children are mainly employed by a local industrial plant.
Police said Y admitted having operated the baby-sitting centre for three months without a license.
The babies regained consciousness after half a day following their admission to the hospital.
The cause of the babies's condition has not yet been determined but doctors said there might be a possibility that the babies had been given a soporific substance; a charge the baby-sitter denied.
Y admitted to having mental problem for the last five years, and had been taken medication to avoid drowsiness.
Investigations are continuing. — VNS