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Poisoning of Children; A Chinese Nursery Teacher Sentenced to Death

 A  nursery teacher in China has been sentenced to death after allegedly poisoning 25 children and killing one, state media reported.

The incident happened on 27 March last year. The teacher named Wang Yun was arrested last year after children at a kindergarten in Jiaozuo city were rushed to hospital after eating their morning porridge.

On Monday a local court in Jiaozuo sentenced Ms Wang to death, reported the Global Times newspaper.

The court said she "put nitrite in another teacher's students' porridge... after they argued over student management issues", the Chinese state-run media outlet said.

On the day it was reported 23 children began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast. A police probe was triggered after allegations the teacher had poisoned them.

Sodium nitrite is can be toxic in high amounts.

The court also said that this was not the first time Ms Wang had poisoned people, referencing an earlier incident where she bought nitrite online and poisoned her husband who suffered minor injuries.

The newspaper added that the court noted Ms Wang was "despicable and vicious, and the consequences of her crimes were extremely serious, and she deserves to be severely punished."

There were no immediate details on the child reported to have died.

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