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China Doctor Sold Babies To Child Traffickers
A Chinese obstetrician has been given a suspended death sentence for stealing seven newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers.
Zhang Shuxia took the children after telling their parents that they were sick or had died, before selling them for up to 47,000 yuan (£4,700), the court said.
The court found that Zhang had persuaded a mother to give up a pair of newborn female twins last year on the grounds that one had died of disease, while the other had injured arms and legs.
Another baby she sold was later found dead in a ditch, dumped by a trafficker, the court said.
Zhang had received 20,000 yuan (£2,000) each for several female babies, it added, while one male baby fetched a price of 47,000 yuan (£4,700) in 2011.
Some of the babies she abducted were later found by police and returned to their parents.
Zhang was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve, with the court saying her actions had had a "negative impact on society". This will probably mean she will serve a life sentence.
Tens of thousands of children are believed to be stolen each year in China.
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