The Family Court and Australian Federal Police have made the unusual decision to go public about a missing baby who was left at a Sydney coffee shop earlier this year.
- Hoang Vinh Le was last seen at a medical practice in Canberra
- Authorities say they cannot verify that the person who Vinh was reportedly left with actually exists
- There is a recovery order in place for Vinh to be in the care of his grandmother
Hoang Vinh Le, who is 17 months old, has not been seen since April and his parents say around May 19 they gave him to a woman they met at coffee shop along with $200 cash to care for him.
The parents have identified the woman as “Kathy Nguyen” but authorities have been unable to find this person or verify whether they actually exist.
Identifying children who may be the victims of crime is illegal in NSW, however, the court has made an order to allow media to publish Vinh’s identity.
It’s hoped it may spark assistance from the public to locate him.
Vinh’s parents, Hoang Thanh Le and Lyn Kim Do, removed him from the care of his grandmother in Canberra on April 9.
Just weeks later, the court made a recovery order for Vinh to be returned to the care of his grandmother but that order has not been complied with.
The parents were arrested on May 20 however Vinh has not been located despite police efforts.
The AFP says the parents have not provided sufficient details to enable the police to identify the person they say is caring for Vinh and authorities are concerned for his welfare.
They say Vinh was last seen at a medical practice in the Canberra suburb of O’Connor on April 9 and was put into a silver ISUZU MU-X 4WD with the NSW registration CF72YI.
Since then, police say, Vinh could have been in any of the following areas of NSW: Cabramatta, Bankstown, Liverpool, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga.
The AFP says anyone who is knowingly withholding information about the welfare or whereabouts of Vinh may be contributing to an offence.
Anyone who has any information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
Generally any information that identifies any person who is party to family law proceedings is unlawful.