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Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

Published on Mar 17, 2014 2:42 PM
A baby hatch with a crib and baby incubator, meant for parents to abandon unwanted children, in Nanjing in Jiangsu province. A baby hatch in Guangzhou was suspended after it received More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, since it opened in January, causing it to exceed its capacity. -- AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese "safe haven" in just over six weeks - more than five a day - since it opened in late January, authorities said.

The "baby hatch" in Guangzhou, in the southern province of Guangdong, was suspended on Sunday after the city's welfare home exceeded its capacity to handle new arrivals.

All of those abandoned suffered from illnesses including cerebral palsy, Down's syndrome and congenital heart disease, and 67 percent of them were less than a year old, the Bureau of Civil Affairs of Guangzhou Municipality said.

The facility was set up in late January and 262 children had been abandoned at it by Sunday morning, it said in a statement.

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