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Laura Silsby, Baptist Missionary Who Tried to Take Kids From Haiti, Is Freed

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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posted May 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm

She should consider herself very, very lucky. Maybe she will think twice, if there is a “next time” before she starts removing children from a country.

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posted May 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Now that she has squared herself in Haiti she will have to travel back to Idaho and square herself with some wrongs there that have been unfinished with the courts.

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posted May 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

She is extremely fortunate. One wonders what strings were pulled behind the scenes. Trafficking children is a very serious offence,I hope she will be much more aware of this in future.

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