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Court accepts father's suit in stolen baby case

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

Yanta District People's Court in Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi Province, accepted the case on Tuesday, the Sanqin Daily reported yesterday.

The father, Yan Xiaohong, tried to file the lawsuit on Friday, 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.

On Tuesday, Yan and his lawyer 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 110,000 yuan (US$16,109) in compensation from the hospital.

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

Ge Qianru, 20, allegedly disguised herself as a nurse and stole the baby from the hospital.

Police seized the woman in Dongguan City, 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 having inadequate security.


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