The Federal Circuit Court has appealed to the public for information on the whereabouts of a 17-month-old toddler removed from his grandmother’s care in April.
The parents of Hoang Vinh Le, born in June 2020, allegedly took the child from Canberra and subsequently told authorities they gave him to a woman they met at a Sydney coffee shop and paid $200 in May.
A court order is in force requiring the child to live with his grandmother. His parents, Hoang Thanh Le and Lyn Kim Do, were found and questioned by the authorities in May, but the authorities have not been able to find the child.
Authorities have not been able to locate or identify the woman the parents said had received the child, the Australian Federal Police and the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia said in a statement on Friday.
“The parents have not provided sufficient details to identify the person who they say is caring for Vinh,” the statement said.
“Authorities have not been able to confirm whether the person who may be caring for the child is known by ‘Kathy Nguyen’ name or exists at all.”
Authorities are concerned for the child’s welfare after being unable to locate him for so long, prompting the unusual public appeal.
He may have been in Cabramatta, Bankstown, Liverpool, West Wyalong, Temora and Wagga Wagga, authorities said.