March 30th, 2010
12:58 PM ET

Reports: 21 bodies discarded by Chinese hospital near river

Staffers at an eastern Chinese hospital have been disciplined after the bodies of 21 fetuses and infants were found improperly discarded near a river, according to officials and media reports.

A total of 21 bodies were found near the Guangfu river, Jining City officials said in a statement Tuesday.

"The investigation has found that the Jining Hospital Affiliated Medical College mortuary staff violated hospital management policies/regulations," the statement said.

The hospital's deputy director and the deputy director of its logistics department were removed, the statement said. In addition, two staffers working in the "repose room" of the hospital were fired "and have been detained according to the law."

The dead children and fetuses were believed to have died from illness, and the two staffers, Zhu Zhenyu and Wang Zhijun, verbally agreed with relatives to dispose of the bodies and took money from them, but instead secretly transported the bodies to the river, the statement said. The bodies, which officials said "were not fully buried," were found after media reports prompted officials to investigate, the statement said.

Eight of the bodies had tabs with clinic code numbers attached to their feet, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The tabs showed the bodies came from the Jining hospital.

- CNN's Jaime Florcruz and Jo Kent contributed to this report.

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  1. Minoa Santorini

    They took money from grieving families, but just dumped the bodies with "clinic code numbers attached to their feet"?! Those code numbers would be traceable for a long, long time. It's a good thing these reprobates are incredibly stupid. I’m glad to hear that Chinese authorities are investigating and shaking things up at that corrupt hospital.

    March 30, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alidawn2000

    It seems as though China's "Family Planning Policy" has instilled an overall disrepect for human life and of the purest form - infants and children. Heartbreaking.

    March 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. hachac

    Shocking!
    It is not surprising when people who has money as the most important thing in their lives, think of other as 'a dozen a dime'. From bad to worse is expected.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill

    This is a country we want to be indebted to. What a bunch of crap no doubt female bodies dumped.

    March 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim

    Ancient Western foriegn policy fear overpopulated chinese in 1940s. Today, have they seen china's housing bust. it's all ghost town. There is no strong population growth over there. It's all empty.

    If you went to china it's not even overpopulated as today. All you see is buildings and babyboomers retiring and dying old. Others with no children left the house abandon. I know this and traveled to china three years ago.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kapechi

    Looks like there are stupid Chinese as well. It's not just American criminals that are dumb.

    March 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert Taylor

    Animals! BOYCOTT our great trading partner. Bring US jobs back home from these "people"

    March 30, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack in Ohio

    Seems most news sites have disabled commenting on this story. Draw your own conclusion.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Regrettably, just emblematic of a country and culture with little respect for the dignity of life. At least in this case, the victims were already dead. No surprise here from the same nation that cavelierly skins their dogs and cats alive for the measly profit they earn by selling the fur. We Americans support this barbarism every day that we purchase a product made in China.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. Pam Vayou

    Jeff and Robert Taylor said it best in this blog. We as americans, should boycot trade with this country and bring jobs back to the USA. We are trading with a money hungry barbaric country that pays very little to it's labor source, and looks upon these childeren and babies as a loss commodity, dumping thier bodies like refuge into the river of garbage. That's why the rich and greedy CEO's in the USA chose to trade our labor for theirs. It's cheaper and makes more profit for them here in the US. But it's we americans who are still paying $70-80 for those Chinese made Nikes that are made for a fraction of what they would be made here for. Our USA products would last longer. We've become a slave to the western world for the sake of money and greed. We were once a great nation, now we are a sad slave to the rest of the world with no pride left to hold our heads high. We have a president who aids this view by going around apologizing to these leaders, and wanting to make this country a socialist country like the very countries he apologized to. Our forefathers should be rolling in their graves for what this country has become and for where it is heading. Our only hope is that the next generation learns from these costly mistakes and takes charge of this country and turns it around before it's too late. WE CAN BE A GREAT COUNTRY AGAIN, BUT the PEOPLE have forgotten how to take charge. We've become complacent and lost. Feeling that the powers that be are greater than the American Vote. Lets hope 2012 can really bring the CHANGE we were promised in 2008 and never recieved. It will be interesting to see if CNN allows this to be posted. If not, that will speak volumes in iitself.

    March 31, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. joseph cornelius

    I would bet that none of these babies were male

    July 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |