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Chinese babies stolen, sold by doctor recovered

AFP, BEIJING

Twin baby girls allegedly stolen and sold by the obstetrician who delivered them in China have been recovered by police, state media reported yesterday.

The girls, born last month in the northern province of Shaanxi, were allegedly victims of the same female doctor who sold a baby boy reunited with his parents earlier this week.

The obstetrician, Zhang Suxia (張淑俠), told the twins’ mother in the delivery room that her babies had “deadly congenital diseases” and convinced her give them up, China National Radio reported.

Zhang also said their arms and legs were “broken” and stopped other relatives seeing them, the report added.

Similar details were described in reports this week about the boy, who police said was sold to a farmer with three daughters in the central province of Henan by alleged traffickers for 60,000 yuan (US$9,800).

The doctor and two other suspects were detained after the boy’s family became suspicious and reported their case to police.

The blaze of publicity surrounding his recovery prompted a wave of others whose children had been taken to come forward.

One of the girls was found in Shandong Province, more than 500km from her birthplace in Fuping County, and her sister about 160km away in Shanxi Province, the Web site of the People’s Daily said citing local authorities.

So far five officials have been sacked in Fuping County, including the director of the county’s health department and the head of the hospital where the children were born, Xinhua news agency said.

Police had received reports of 55 possible incidents by Thursday, including 26 allegedly involving Zhang, it added.

Shaanxi Province Governor Lou Qinjian (婁勤儉) on Thursday called the case “vile” and vowed to punish those responsible “seriously,” the agency said.

Fuping is the home county of the family of Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平).

Trafficking of children is a serious problem in China, blamed in part on the “one-child” policy which has put a premium on baby boys, with girls sometimes sold off or abandoned.

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