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Chino Hills wants to shut down Chinese 'maternity hotel'

Chino Hills officials said Monday they want to close a "maternity hotel" where women from China stay to give birth.

The move comes after neighbors complained about traffic and a sewage spill at the site.

Officials said the hotel is on a hilltop at the end of a long driveway on Woodglen Drive, an area zoned for single family houses. City officials have issued a cease and desist order for operating a hotel in a residential zone and plan to take the property owner to court.

"Who the customer base is is not our concern," said city spokeswoman Denise Cattern. "Our concern is that it's a hotel."

A website that city officials believe is associated with the hotel describes a full range of services, from shopping trips for pregnant women to assistance obtaining American passports for newborn babies.

A 30-day stay at the facility after giving birth, along with a month of prenatal care, costs $10,500 to $11,500, according to the Chinese-language website, www.asiamchild.com.

Asiam Child is based in Shanghai, with branches in Anhui province and Nanjing, the website says.


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