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Australia investigates 'paedophile' father in Thai surrogate baby scandal

Published on Aug 6, 2014 12:03 PM
Gammy, a baby born with Down syndrome, is fed by his surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua at a hospital in Chonburi province on Aug 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PERTH (AFP) - Australian authorities were on Wednesday investigating the father at the centre of a Thai surrogate baby scandal who was exposed as a convicted paedophile, to determine whether his young daughter is at risk.

This comes as medical checks by a Bangkok hospital on baby Gammy confirmed that he is not suffering from a congenital heart defect, contrary to media reports.

The Australian man, from Bunbury south of Perth, sparked global controversy for apparently abandoning his Down syndrome baby boy in Thailand and taking only his healthy twin sister back home, although he and his wife dispute the circumstances.

In another twist to a story that has generated fierce debate on the moral and legal grounding of international surrogacy, reports emerged on Tuesday that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has convictions for child sex offences.

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