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Chinese doctor admits selling patient's newborns

BEIJING (AP) -- A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers.

State media and a court in northern Shaanxi (SHAN'-shee) province say evidence was brought out during the obstetrician's (Zhang Shuxia's), trial Monday that she had told parents their newborns had congenital problems and persuaded them to "sign and give the babies up."

The case has exposed the operations of a baby trafficking ring that operated across several provinces centering on the doctor, who delivered babies at the hospital in Fuping County.

The indictment says from November 2011 to July 2013, the doctor sold seven babies to middlemen who then sold the babies to "couples" in central and eastern China. Six of the babies were rescued, but one that was trafficked for $165 in April later died.

The doctor was found out when a mother suspected her baby had been abducted and reported her to police in July.