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Thwarted by a police officer in an earlier attempt 3 days before their arrests to export 40 *Other* kids- more on Silsby and the Scavengers

CNN has new details up tonight. Anderson Cooper AC360 also included a video segment discussing a new witness’s perspective on the actions of Silsby and the 9 other American missionary child scavengers’s actions,

Americans jailed in Haiti tried taking other kids, officer says

The group of American Baptist missionaries in Haiti who are facing kidnapping charges for trying to take 33 children out of the country last week made an earlier attempt at taking dozens of other children, according to a Haitian police officer.

The officer, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, said he stopped the 10 missionaries, including group leader Laura Silsby, on January 26 as they allegedly tried to transport 40 children on a bus from Haiti to the Dominican Republic.

The officer says he stopped the group and ordered the children to get off the bus. He then directed Silsby to the Dominican embassy.

In the Anderson Cooper segment there was discussion of the officer having made it clear to the group that what they were doing was illegal and that they lacked proper paperwork. This, three days BEFORE they were arrested trying to take the 33 kids.

If this is an accurate retelling of the officer’s account, none of the 10 can possibly claim they were unaware appropriate paperwork was required. How many other attempts were made, and were any actually successful?

To continue to gather kids, this time from a different part of the city than their previous thwarted attempt, pretty much says it all.

They apparently knew, they continued on, and when caught, they played dumb.


I’ll work towards digging out more details in the morning.

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