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Doctor found guilty of baby trafficking in China, gets suspended death sentence

Published on Jan 14, 2014 11:46 AM
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A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted an obstetrician, Zhang Shuxia (centre), of abducting newborn babies and gave her a suspended death sentence. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese court on Tuesday convicted an obstetrician of abducting newborn babies and gave her a suspended death sentence, it said, in a case that drew widespread outrage.

Zhang Shuxia sold seven children in the northern province of Shaanxi, the intermediate court in Weinan said on a verified social media account, adding that she had tricked parents into giving up their babies by telling them the newborns were sick or had died.

The penalty is normally commuted to life imprisonment.

Zhang obtained most of the newborns by telling their parents that they were sick or had died, before selling them to traffickers for prices reaching 47,000 yuan (S$9,840), the court said.

 
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