Judge: Haiti Missionaries Should Be Released

This "alert" just came in from the Associated Press:

Haitian judge recommends that 10 American missionaries detained in Haiti be released.

As the wire service previously reported:

The Americans, most from an Idaho Baptist group, were charged last week with child kidnapping and criminal association after being arrested Jan. 29 trying to take 33 children, ages 2 to 12, across the border to an orphanage they were trying to set up in the Dominican Republic.

The day after the group's arrest, its leader, Laura Silsby of Meridian, Idaho, told the AP that the children were obtained either from orphanages or from distant relatives. She said only children who were found not to have living parents or relatives who could care for them might be put up for adoption.

However, at least 20 of the children are from a single village and have living parents. Some of the parents told the AP they willingly turned over their children to the missionaries on the promise the Americans would educate them and allow relatives to visit.

Haiti's devastating earthquake, which likely killed more than 200,000 people, happened on Jan. 12.

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