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B.C. woman who killed her two babies to have psych assessment before sentencing

VANCOUVER - A psychiatrist will assess the mental health of a Vancouver woman before she is sentenced for killing her two newborn babies. Lawyers in B.C. Supreme Court agreed that a psychiatric report and pre-sentencing report should be done for Sarah Leung, who was scheduled to be sentenced Monday. The 28-year-old woman was convicted last week of two counts of infanticide, rather than second-degree murder, in the deaths of her infant boys — the first in April 2009 and the second in March 2010.

B.C. woman accused of infants' deaths didn't intend murder: defence lawyer

VANCOUVER - A jury shouldn't excuse a Vancouver woman in the deaths of two newborn infants she disposed of after giving birth but should find her guilty of a lesser crime, Sarah Leung's lawyer argued at the close of her trial Friday. Defence lawyer Richard Fowler urged the jury to convict the 28-year-old of infanticide based on the circumstances of her upbringing rather than of two charges of second-degree murder.

Abandoned 'baby hatch' scheme suspended in southern Chinese city

By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have suspended operations at a "baby hatch", where anonymous mothers can safely abandoned new-born babies, in the city of Guangzhou as a surge in the number of infants has overwhelmed the center which only opened in late January. Many Chinese cities have set up baby hatches, which consist of an incubator and a delayed alarm, to protect unwanted newborns in a country where strict family planning laws have been blamed for the high number of baby girls being abandoned.

Five babies a day left at Chinese city's 'baby hatch'

More than 260 unwanted children, most of them babies, have been abandoned in a Chinese "safe haven" in just over six weeks -- more than five a day -- since it opened in late January, authorities said. The "baby hatch" in Guangzhou, in the southern province of Guangdong, was suspended on Sunday after the city's welfare home exceeded its capacity to handle new arrivals.

Government orders Graco to explain why 1.8 million infant seats weren't included in recall

DETROIT - The federal government's road safety watchdog is ordering child seat maker Graco to explain why it didn't include 1.8 million infant seats in a recent recall for faulty buckles. The company says it will comply with the request. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday that Graco has until March 20 to explain why last month's recall of 3.8 million child seats didn't include infant seats, which have the same buckles that can get stuck as the child seats.

Infantino recalling 191,000 teething toys sold at Target over choking risk to children

WASHINGTON - Toy maker Infantino is recalling 191,000 teething toys sold exclusively at Target because a child could potentially choke on one of its parts. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday that consumers should stop using the Go Gaga Squeeze Infantino has received seven reports of infants choking or gagging on the monkey's tail. No injuries have been reported. The toys were sold at Target stores from late 2012 through early 2014 for about $13.

Mothers' voices can help train preemies to feed

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A pacifier-activated recording of mother singing may improve a premature baby's feeding, which in turn could lead to its leaving the hospital sooner, according to a new study. One reason premature babies sometimes have to stay in the hospital for a while is that they haven't developed the strength and coordination to nurse properly. Babies who can't feed yet stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and rely on a feeding tube.

China to provide more baby safe havens

China will provide safe havens for parents to abandon unwanted children across most of the country, despite debate on whether they could see more babies dumped, state media reported. The country has set up 25 so-called baby hatches in 10 provinces and major cities since June 2011, the official Xinhua news agency said Sunday. More will be built in another 18 regions, it added, citing the China Centre for Children's Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA). The havens usually have an incubator, a delayed alarm device, an air conditioner and a baby bed, the report said.

Fred & Friends pacifiers with plastic moustaches recalled due to risk of baby choking

Fred Young children should stop using the pacifiers immediately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. No injuries have been reported. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said three different pacifiers are involved in the recall. The Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier has an attached moustache and beard, which can break off. The Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier has a volume knob that can detach and the ventilation holes are smaller than federal regulators require. The Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier also has vent holes that are too small.

"You've shocked the community:' judge sentences Calgary woman for infanticide

CALGARY - A woman who tossed three of her newborns into the garbage has been given 18 more months in jail and faces three years of probation. Meredith Borowiec gave birth in 2008 and 2009, but the babies' bodies have never been found. A third infant born in 2010 survived when the baby's father, not knowing it was his child, helped pull the newborn out of a neighbourhood trash bin after a passerby heard cries. Borowiec, 32, was convicted on two counts of infanticide and one count of aggravated assault.
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