Baptist Group in Haiti has been charged with Child Kidnapping

The Baptist group in Hati was charged with child kidnapping Thursday. The group of 10 Baptists had hoped that today would be the end to this ordeal, but instead, there is still a long road ahead. The prosecutor in the case feels there is enough evidence to build a criminal case.

The children were picked up last week by a Baptist group called New Life Children’s Refuge (based out of Idaho). They tried to take the 33 children across the border to the Dominican Republic to establish an orphanage. They were arrested at the border. Laura Silsby, head of New Life Children’s Refuge, told the AFP that the group’s aims were entirely altruistic. She told the AFP that “We came here literally to just help the children. Our intentions were good … We wanted to help those who lost parents in the quake or were abandoned.” Even though there were 10 people in the Baptist Group, it looks like Laura Silsby was the brains behind the events. Most of the other folks in the group were completely unaware.

U.S. authorities are currently monitoring the proceedings and open to discussing other legal avenues with the Haitians for the accused. For now, it looks like the Haitian government is dealing with the case on their own. The case is supposed to go before a judge within the next few months. It’s unclear if the American’s will be jailed during the whole time.

5 comments for “Baptist Group in Haiti has been charged with Child Kidnapping

  1. Jodie Sargent
    February 5, 2010 at 8:31 PM

    Personally, and forgive me, BUT I really think the entire team is responsible for what happened in Haiti. To Think they could just go into Haiti and take kids to another country with out permission is….. If some one tried to do that say after 9.11 in the States there RIGHTFULLY would have been hell to pay. I work in a developing country and get tired 0f self serving mostly American , and sadly to often Christian, groups that think they can do what they want how they want because they are doing a good thing. The tactics were manupulative at best. Pictures of swimming poools etc. Of course parents who love their kids and know they can not provide for them would be willing to have their kids go but how dare this church use those tactics. It would have made much more sense for them to work with a reputable organisation in Haiti to help the kids with in the country. Again sorry but accountablity needs to be enacted

  2. Louann
    February 23, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    My comments on another page:
    Louann on February 23, 2010 at 10:51 AM
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Nice job morons. As a direct result of your actions children who had legal paperwork and were ready to be adopted cannot.
    “The seizure of the orphans and the brief detention of their escorts Saturday came amid fears that foreigners are exploiting post-earthquake chaos to illegally take children from the country — a perception fueled by an ongoing case involving 10 U.S. Baptist missionaries.” And the people who LEGALLY were there to take these children were attacked by a large group of Haitians,” Bonnema added. “They were swearing at them and saying, ‘These are Haitian babies. You cannot take them. You are child trafficking.”‘


    Louann on February 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Don’t you think you should have asked God if this was the right thing to do BEFORE you went and did it. Instead you are asking “Prayer Requests
    • For discernment of God’s will and direction throughout this trip and for Him to prepare
    the way before us”

    After you made the decision, not a very bright idea. YOU ASK FIRST AND WAIT ON AN ANSWER, THEY YOU DO NOT GET SCREWED, OR SCREW OTHER PEOPLE.

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