Artist Rewarded for Sketches of Kidnapper for Police

The Department of Health in Ho Chi Minh City on January 14 rewarded artist Phan Vu Linh, lecturer at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Fine Arts, VND5 million for helping police identify the kidnapper of a newborn baby in the General Hospital of District 7.

Linh sketched a caricature of the kidnapper after listening to descriptions by several witnesses. This sketch played a major role in helping police track down the suspect.

Linh was introduced to District 7’s police by an acquaintance. His sketch of the kidnapper is said to be 90 percent alike.

Fearing that her husband would leave her after a miscarriage, the suspect Le Thi Bich Tram, 25, kept pretending to be pregnant. After scouting many hospitals, she took a baby at General Hospital of District 7 because of its poor security.

On January 9, she kidnapped the newborn son of Nguyen Thi Minh Tam and Truong Van Hen while the mother went out to get milk and the father went home. Four days later, authorities took her into custody.

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By Son Hai – Translated by Thuy Doan

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