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Fishermen find 21 babies in plastic bags in Chinese river

By Andrew Moran     Mar 30, 2010 in World
Beijing - In a river in eastern China, fishermen stumbled upon 21 babies inside plastic bags. Local authorities suspect that a nearby hospital dumped the babies as trash.
On Tuesday, the bodies of 21 babies were found in plastic bags in an eastern Chinese river and local authorities believe they may have been dumped by a nearby hospital as trash, according to AFP.
Initial reports show that eight of the 21 babies were identified by tags on their feet and were traced back to the Jining Medical College Hospital in Shandong province; however, the 13 infants were unidentified. Three of the babies were taken immediately to a hospital and were in critical condition.
The Associated Press reports that each of the bluish-green tags had their mother’s name, birth date, measurements and weight. The babies ranged from newborns to several months old.
Video footage was posted on the Internet highlighting several interviews with local residents who discovered the bodies in plastic trash bags near the shore with one witness stating one of the babies was stuffed into a plastic bag marked “hazardous waste,” according to UK Metro News.
Preliminary reports suggest the bodies were put into garbage bins and had fell into the nearby river but a full investigation is currently taking place.
The Jining Medical College Hospital office did not answer their phones on Tuesday but one official at the Jining Health Bureau, who spoke on the condition anonymity, verified the tragic news.
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