Police and the Federal Circuit Court have appealed to the public for information on where a 17-month-old toddler was removed from his grandmother’s custody in April.
The parents of Hoang Vinh Le, born in June 2020, allegedly took the child from Canberra and subsequently told authorities they gave it to a woman they met at a coffee shop in Sydney and paid $ 200 in May.
A court order is in force ordering the child to live with his grandmother. His parents, Hoang Thanh Le and Lyn Kim Do, were arrested in May, but officers have not been able to find the child.
Authorities have not been able to locate or identify the woman, who the parents said had received the child, the Australian Federal Police and the Federal District Court and Family Court in Australia said in a statement on Friday.
“The parents have not provided sufficient details to enable the police to identify the person they say is taking care of Vinh,” the 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 even exists.”
Authorities are concerned about the child’s welfare after being unable to find it for so long, prompting the unusual public appeal.
He may have been in Cabramatta, Bankstown, Liverpool, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga, authorities said.