A Chinese doctor has been sentenced to death for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers.
Zhang Shuxia ,the baby-stealing obstetrician, was found guilty of abducting and selling seven babies in Fuping County, in the Shaanxi province of China.
“Though Zhang Shuxia confessed, her behaviour violated both professional and social ethics, had an extremely bad social impact, and the circumstance of the crimes were grave,” the court said.
But how did Zhang Shuxia go about stealing babies? They’re kind of a hard thing to misplace…Well, here’s her scheme: Zhang would trick the parents into giving up their newborns by convincing them the infants had incurable diseases or deformities. Zhang would then go on the sell the babies to traffickers for as much as $3,600 per baby. Sneaky…
Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, before one set of parents became suspicious and reported the case to police.
After the police picked up on Zhang’s baby-stealing, money-making scheme, six of the babies were returned to their parents. The other one – not so lucky. Apparently the trafficker presumed the seventh baby was dead on arrival and threw the sick child into a garbage ditch, never to be found again.
Meanwhile, Zhang Shuxia will also be presumed dead – but not until two years time. Zhang was granted a two-year reprieve from her death sentence, although suspended death sentences are typically reduced to life in prison.
Via: CBC News