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Orphanage probed over baby charges claim

BEIJING, April 19 -- The manager of a public orphanage is under investigation over claims that he demanded charges for babies being adopted and pocketed some of the cash himself.

Earlier this month, local media in Ankang, a southern city of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, received an e-mail that claimed Wang Zhou, the head of Ankang Child Welfare Home, forced people looking to adopt to hand over hefty donations.

"We received a report on the case and we have established an investigating group that is working on it," said Mu Yanling, deputy director of Ankang Municipal Welfare Administration Bureau.

According to the e-mail, Du Huibin, manager of Mengyu Consultant Service Centre in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, paid 16,000 yuan (US$2,000) in December last year to Wang for a one-month-old baby, whom the child welfare home had just received....

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