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Three weeks after charges were dropped against nine of the 10 Baptist missionaries who had tried to take 33 Haitian children (most or all of them not technically orphans) into the Dominican Republic after January’s earthquake, group leader Laura Silsby has been freed.

The Associated Press reports that Silsby, 40, who is from Idaho, was convicted of “arranging illegal travel,” but sentenced to the time she had already served. She had testified last week that her group “came here with a heart to help,” and is now “praising God” for her release. No word yet on whether she will resume Christian missionary activities in Haiti or elsewhere.

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