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Haiti 'orphans' taken by US Baptists had parents


They say their children had been promised a better life – a new start over the border in the Dominican Republic.

Families in earthquake-hit Haiti have told reporters that not one of the 33 youngsters US missionaries tried to take out of the country was an orphan.

The claim that infants were simply handed over by parents eager to see them start afresh at a well-run institution poses problems for the Americans.

For while eight of the ten arrested have now been released, two women remain in jail in Haiti under
investigation on child kidnapping charges. Denying any wrongdoing, they insist they just wanted to help orphans left destititute by the deadly quake.

As a judge checks their testimony, many lament the distraction the case has caused as Haiti reels from the devastation of January’s disaster.

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