Urgent search for boy allegedly given away by parents

An urgent search is underway for a 17-month-old missing baby after his parents allegedly gave him to somebody they met in a coffee shop.

Hoang Vinh Le, born on June 21, 2020, was removed from the care of his maternal grandmother on April 9 this year in Canberra, by his parents Hoang Thanh Le, 28, and Lyn Kim Do, 21.

Court Orders have been in place for Vinh to live with his maternal grandmother since April 19, 2021.

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Hoang Vinh Le

The parents have told authorities that on about May 19, they gave the child to a person they identified as "Kathy Nguyen", someone they had met at a coffee shop, and had paid $200 to care for the child.

The parents were arrested on May 20, however, Vinh has not been found.

In a release, the Australian Federal Police claimed the parents had not provided enough details to allow investigators to identify the person who they say is caring for Vinh.

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Authorities have not been able to confirm whether the person who may be caring for the child is known by "Kathy Nguyen" name, or if she exists at all.

Police are concerned for Vinh's welfare.

They say he could be in various areas of NSW, including Cabramatta, Bankstown and Livepool in Sydney's southwest, or West Wyalong, Temora or Wagga Wagga outside of Sydney.

Police have warned that anybody knowingly withholding information might be contributing to an offence.

Anybody with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, quoting AFP reference 6365180.

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