Shaoguan city in Guangdong province is investigating a case in which 20 people died in a care center during the first two months of the year.
The deaths might have been caused by the poor living conditions in Lianxi Foster Center in Xinfeng county.
The case was first reported on Monday by Beijing News, which said that 20 residents died from Jan.1 to Feb. 18 this year.
According to the report, the center was established six years ago by a woman, surnamed Luo, who was a team leader in the county’s social welfare facility.
The home takes care of elderly people, the homeless, orphans, disabled children and abandoned babies.
The report said living conditions in the center were extremely bad.
Each room of about 15 square meters was packed with dozens of residents, some of whom were sick or restrained.
Luo expanded her business to other cities in Guangdong including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Huizhou. She reportedly made at least one million yuan a year.
Sources said her facilities have seen nearly 100 deaths in the the past six years, some from pneumonia.
Luo was arrested by Xinfeng police on March 8 on a charge of misappropriating funds, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
The civil affairs bureau of Xinfeng county has demanded the center rectify its mistakes and asked other facilities to take over 733 people at the center, Beijing News said.
Four managers of the center have been placed under coercive measures.
Xinfeng mayor Ma Zhiming promised to investigate the case thoroughly. He said the center was found to be lacking licenses, proper procedures and monitoring facilities.
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