Mother reunited with newborn baby after obstetrician sold him to human traffickers for $4,600By Mason White 6:49 PM August 7, 2013
|Dong Wan after being reunited with her
baby at the hospital
By: Sarah Weiss
A family was left confused and angry, but happy to be reunited with their newborn son after their doctor sold the child to human traffickers.
Dong Wan, 31, wept at the hospital as she held her newborn baby in a hospital in Fuping, China.
After Wan delivered her baby, gynecologist Zhang Lin told the mother that her son was born with severe health problems and would die soon.
The doctor is accused of persuading the mother to sign the baby over to the hospital before selling the boy to traffickers for $4,600. The mother said: “I was told that the baby would not survive and the best for me would be to leave the hospital to care for him, so I did.”
After signing the documents and handing over her baby to the Fuping County Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital, Dong changed her mind and asked her husband, Lai Guofeng, to call the police.
After police interrogated the gynecologist, she admitted to her crime and she told police where they can find the baby. “The suspect told us where the baby was and with the help of local police we found the child,” Deputy Chen Jainfeng said.
Police in the province of Shaanxi said the doctor was arrested and they fear that this sale is just the tip of the iceberg. Officers are investigating at least seven similar cases in the region.
The baby was located hundreds of miles away in the neighboring province of Henan, where the traffickers had already sold him for a profit. Investigators said that Lin and two accomplices are under arrest.
The baby is undergoing medical tests and he will be going home with his family soon.