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Chinese court sentences doctor to death for child trafficking

Zhang Shuxia is accused of selling seven babies, one of whom later died. (Reuters) Zhang Shuxia is accused of selling seven babies to traffickers. (Reuters)
Press Trust of India | Beijing | Posted: January 14, 2014 12:17 pm

A Chinese obstetrician in the country’s northwestern Shaanxi Province on Tuesday was  sentenced to death with a two years’ reprieve for trafficking seven babies.

Zhang Shuxia, a doctor with Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, is accused of selling seven babies, one of whom later died, to human traffickers after persuading their parents to give up their “sick” newborns, the Weinan Intermediate People’s Court said in its verdict.

On July 20, a mother surnamed Dong suspected her baby had been abducted and reported the incident to police.

Zhang is accused of falsely claiming that her child had a congenital disease, according to the court.

The baby was found in good condition in neighboring Henan Province on August 5.

Zhang was detained in August and stood trial on December 30 last year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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