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    China 'Baby Hatch' Overwhelmed by Abandoned Children

    FILE - People walk past next to a baby hatch named "baby safety island" at the Tianjin Institute of Children's Welfare.
    FILE - People walk past next to a baby hatch named "baby safety island" at the Tianjin Institute of Children's Welfare.
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    Authorities in southern China said a station where parents are able to anonymously leave their unwanted children has been forced to close because of an overwhelming number of abandoned babies.

    The Xinhua news agency reported that the so-called "baby hatch" in southern China's Guangzhou City has received 262 babies since it began operation in late January. That figures to roughly five babies per day.

    The report on Monday quotes local welfare officials as saying the facility's "rooms, beds, quarantine facilities as well as working staff are facing a shortfall due to the overwhelming baby figures."

    The officials said the closure is temporary, stressing that it will be reopened once all the abandoned babies, many of whom are sick, receive proper treatment.

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    Since 2011, China has set up 25 baby hatches across the country in an effort to cut the mortality rate of abandoned infants. There are plans to add many more.

    Those wishing to abandon a baby can walk into the facility, leave the child in a temperature-controlled hatch, and sound an alarm. Medical staff will then retrieve the child five to 10 minutes later.

    Critics of the baby hatches say they could encourage parents to abandon their children. Supporters say the facilities provide immediate, life-saving care to children who likely would be abandoned anyway.

    Abandoning a child is against the law in China, but the issue remains a major problem, partly due to a decades-old one-child policy that has created a higher demand for boys than for girls. Beijing says a roughly equal number of boys and girls have been left in the baby hatches.

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    by: Senay from: Malaysia
    April 03, 2014 1:31 PM
    I would like to offer help, I would like to offer however little help I can provide for these wonderful yet unfortunate babies/kids.. If I can send clothes, toys. books, bedding, nappy, food...please send us a updated list and I will do my best send from the kids. All of those at the centre caring for these kids are angels on earth! Thank you!

    by: John from: China
    March 18, 2014 10:41 PM
    this report is piecemeal of the whole thing and make misunderstanding, no parents willing to leave the child but they have no choice as some un remediable dieases or disable, the cure spend out all their saving and they can not burden any more. the goverment shall think about more better medical welfare and support for those partents if they have birth with disable infant.

    by: Mark from: Virginia
    March 18, 2014 8:32 AM
    just one word to say....

    Sick.

    It is incomprehensible to me that any parent would willingly abandon a baby, no matter the reason.

    My heart aches over news such as this.
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    by: sydin from: istanbul
    March 18, 2014 2:30 PM
    it shows again that there is too many things to do for charitable people....

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