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Doctor On Trial For Selling Baby She Delivered
A doctor has gone on trial in China accused of selling a newborn baby boy she had helped deliver.
Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician at the Fuping County Maternal an Child Health Care Hospital in Shaanxi Province, has been charged with trafficking infants.
On July 16, 23-year-old Dong Shanshan gave birth to a baby boy, delivered by Dr Zhang.
According to police reports, she told the new mother that her son had congenital defects and would be better off in state care.
The baby was taken away before Mrs Dong or her husband even saw their child.
It is alleged that Dr Zhang sneaked the baby out of the hospital and sold him to traffickers for around £3,000.
His parents came to believe that he might have been abducted and reported his disappearance to police four days later.
The child was eventually found in the neighbouring province of Henan a fortnight later at the home of a man who had three daughters, but wanted a son.
He was dramatically reunited with his grateful but emotional mother.
Dr Zhang and five other suspects involved in the case were detained on suspicion of human trafficking.
The case was widely reported in the Chinese media, leading to the parents of at least 10 other children to come forward.
All said that Dr Zhang told them their babies were already dead or seriously ill and it would be best if she took them away.
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