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Court accepts baby-theft lawsuit

A COURT in northwest China has agreed to accept a father's lawsuit against a hospital for negligence after his newborn baby was stolen.

Yanta District People's Court in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, filed the lawsuit yesterday, today's Sanqin Daily reported.

The father, Yan Xiaohong, first sought to file the lawsuit on December 4, but was rejected as he failed to provide a birth certificate from The First Hospital affiliated to Xi'an Jiaotong University for his daughter, Yan Anzhe, to prove he was the father.

The hospital refused to issue the certificate while the mother was still in hospital.

Yan and his lawyer yesterday provided copies of media reports about the case and the court agreed to regard them as evidence of his fatherhood, the newspaper said.

Yan is demanding compensation of 110,000 yuan (US$16,000) from the hospital.

The Yans made headlines across the country after their daughter went missing on November 21, 15 hours after she was born.

Ge Qianru, a 20-year-old peasant woman from Shaanxi is alleged to have donned a nurse uniform and taken the baby from the hospital.

Police seized the woman in Dongguan, a city in south China's Guangdong Province on November 30.

The baby was reunited with her parents two days later after a DNA test.

The state health authority has blamed the hospital for the theft case, saying the culprit took advantage of inadequate security measures.


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