Two American Baptists from New Life Childrens Refuge still held in Haiti

Two Americans remain detained in a Haiti prison following the release of eight people from the Baptist Missionary group from New Life Christian Refuge. The two still being held are Laura Silsby, 40, and Charisa Coulter, 24. They are being detained on charges of child kidnapping and criminal association.

Laura Silsby and Charisa Coulter were supposed to be questioned by the judge today (Feb 18th) but the process has been stalled. Laura Silsby was the one in charge of the group and Charisa was her assistant.

This all stemmed from the incident in late January, when the New Life Children’s Refuge Group picked up 33 children and attempted to 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.”

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