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Hospital seeks parents of abandoned baby

AS most Chinese were celebrating the traditional Lantern Festival with their families, a two-month-old abandoned girl was still waiting for her parents at a local hospital yesterday.

Officials of the Songjiang District Central Hospital alerted police after finding the abandoned baby on Saturday and were contacting the civil affairs authority. No one has come forward to claim they are the baby's parents.

Hospital officials said the girl has a congenital heart disease and needs surgery, which they speculated may be the reason for her abandonment.

"She is in stable condition. Her congenital heart disease is not critical, as a surgery can cure her completely," said a hospital official.

Police said the baby was found about 7:30am on Saturday at the hospital's pediatric ward. She was wearing a red cloak, and beside her lay a red bag stuffed with her clothes and belongings. The hospital's camera footage shows a man and woman taking a baby and a red bag into the hospital in the morning, then leaving by themselves.

Police said they were still waiting for the parents to contact them to take baby back home instead of sending her to a local children's home.

Zeng Ni, an official at Songjiang District Police Bureau, said the Youyi Road police station put the information about the girl on its official weibo, seeking her parents.

"We want the parents to take the baby back home soon," Zeng said. "Her disease is treatable and parents' love is important to a baby."

Lawyers said that while abandoning children is illegal in China, parents usually are jailed only if the child is seriously injured or dies. In most cases, parents are warned and educated by police if they take children back home and promise to take care of them.

In a recent case, an 18-month-old boy from Shandong Province was reunited with his father last Friday after being abandoned by his mother at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station a month ago.


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