A court in China convicts an obstetrician of abducting newborn babies and gives her a suspended death sentence.
WEINAN CITY, SHAANXI PROVINCE, CHINA (JANUARY 14, 2014) (CCTV) - A doctor convicted of baby trafficking received a suspended death sentence from a court in northwest China on Tuesday (January 14), state media reported.
CCTV showed footage of a judge reading the verdict to Zhang on Tuesday morning.
Zhang admitted involvement in trafficking during her trial in late December last year, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Zhang had convinced the parents of several children that their newborns had congenital problems, persuading them to give them up, Xinhua reported.
The Weinan City People's Court found Zhang guilty of trafficking seven babies. Six of the newborns have been recovered and reunited with their parents. But one baby was found dead in a ditch.
CCTV said that Zhang and five other suspects have been detained in connection with the case.
Tens of thousands of children are believed to be stolen each year in China.
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