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'Safe island' welcomes first unwanted baby, and it's a boy

By Chen Ximeng (Global Times)    09:09, December 12, 2013
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A nurse looks after the abandoned baby received in the "safe island" on Monday, in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Dec. 11, 2013. (Xinhua/Shen Peng)

A Nanjing "safe island" for unwanted babies received its first guest on its first day of use, China News Service reported on Wednesday.

The Nanjing children's welfare institution received seven abandoned children on Tuesday, but only one at the "safe island," institute head Zhu Hong said on Wednesday.

A guard answered the alarm three minutes after the boy was placed in the "safe island," a five-square-meter portable room with a crib, an infant incubator and an air conditioner.

"There's no camera in the room and the parents did not have to fear being recorded," Zhu was quoted as saying by the Nanjing-based Modern Express. "After the infant is put in the room, the alarm sounds after five minutes."

Babies with disabilities are left beside dustbins or other places where they will most likely die in winter, Zhu said.

Parents who abandon a baby officially face up to five years in jail, according to the Criminal Law. But it is difficult to punish parents, said Deng Liqiang, director of the legal department at the Chinese Medical Doctor Association.

Deng told the Global Times he has helped file lawsuits against parents, but the police did not want to file the case as the children were dead or the parents could not be reached.

(Editor:ChenLidan、Yao Chun)

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