Baby Hoang Vinh Le goes missing in western Sydney for eight months after being ‘given away for $200’
Desperate hunt for baby boy whose parents ‘gave him to a woman in a supermarket’ with $200 to care for 17-month-old child
- The boy’s last confirmed sighting was at a medical practice in Canberra on April 9.
- Police say there is no trace of ‘Kathy Nguyen’, who mother says she gave the boy to
- The mother and father have already spent some time in prison for contempt of court
A desperate search is underway for a 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 it to a woman in a supermarket in western Sydney in May.
But the boy’s last confirmed sighting was at a medical practice in the Canberra suburb of O’Connor on April 9 when he was reportedly stopped in a Silver Isuzo MU-X with NSW registration CF72YI.
17-month-old Hoang Vinh Le (pictured) has been missing for nearly eight months. Police fear for his safety
Mother Lyn Kim Do, 21, told authorities she gave baby Vinh to a “partner” named Kathy Nguyen on May 19 at a shop on Hill St in Cabramatta.
She also claims that she gave Ms. Nguyen $200 to take care of the baby overnight.
Ms Do and father Hoang Thanh Le, 28, have been jailed for some time for contempt of court after refusing to say exactly where Hoang is.
Police say there is no trace of ‘Kathy Nguyen’.
Mother Lyn Kim Do (pictured), 21, told authorities she gave baby Vinh to a “partner” named Kathy Nguyen at a shop on Hill St in Cabramatta on May 19.
Ms. Do has again been charged with contempt, but she has not pleaded.
“The parents have not provided sufficient details to allow police to identify the person they believe is caring for Vinh,” a joint court and police statement said.
Authorities have not been able to confirm whether the person who may be caring for the child is known as ‘Kathy Nguyen’ or exists at all.
“The location of Vinh and the identity of the person with him are currently unknown, and authorities are concerned for his well-being.”
Hoang Thanh Le, 28, has already spent some time in prison for contempt of court
Police believe Vinh may have been to Cabramatta, Bankstown Liverpool, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga.
On April 19, 10 days after he was last seen, the court ordered Vinh to return to his maternal grandmother.
In August, Ms. Do swore in an affidavit that she left the boy with his godmother because she couldn’t give him the care he needed and she didn’t want Vinh to live with her mother.
Ms Do said in her affidavit: ‘I am willing to let her’ [the godmother] raise the child and not look for him as long as my mother continues to exercise his guardianship,’ de Daily Telegram reported.
“I beg the court to please be honest with me, a young mother who misses her child… Please give me back the right to take care of 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 certainly not with my mother, which is why I had to make this decision.’
Anyone who has seen the child or may have information on the child’s whereabouts is requested to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 quoting AFP reference 6365180.
Lyn Kim Do (pictured) with her baby Hoang Vinh Le at Christmas 2020