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February 5th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Video: Americans' kidnapping charges

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A group of Americans have been charged with kidnapping children in Haiti, as CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.


Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Haiti • Haiti Earthquake
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  1. diana

    haiti will show us what we're made of. don't anyone forget what it is like to live without. i just pray the aid will continue regardless of politics or ego, too many people have died already, although they can teach us a thing or two about dignity, grace & mercy. i mean really, our culture is watchng "reality tv". let's get over ourselves and reach out to our fellow man.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:40 am |
  2. Dennis

    The test to be applied in this case as in may others is: How would you feel if the shoe were on the other foot? For example, in the aftermath of Katrina, how would Americans feel if foreign groups rounded up their kids and attempted to smuggle them into Mexico? Regardless of intentions, I believe the American response to such an effort would be decidedly "uncharitable."

    February 5, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  3. Molly

    This group was caught attempting to cross into D.R. How many other groups were successful in doing so? It would be interesting to find out about hotels or homes suddenly leased in D. R. in the past few weeks.

    February 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  4. David, Indiana

    It is possible that Ms. Silsby is well intentioned and has no respect whatsoever for the the rules. She does seem to have prepared for the mission to Haiti. They had a building where they could house children, she had established her charity a year ago, and they had contact information for the Picketts. How and why did she have contact information for a family that was in the middle of the adoption process? Perhaps she was trying to hurry the process due to the difficult humanitarian situation. I really question the way she has gone about everythihg, but it could be the lack of foresight and planning that is the problem.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  5. Susan Ford Keller

    As more and more information comes out about this story, the situation gets more alarming. It remains to be seen if the ringleader is unbalanced and misguided or actually had criminal intent. As for the innocence of her colleagues, living and working in such close quarters with this woman would have made it nearly impossible to be as ignorant as they now claim to be. I suspect the ringleader is attempting to martyr herself in their eyes by claiming sole responsibility.

    February 5, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  6. Beatrice, NY

    Yes the group may have had good attention, but they break the law. We are very greatful for all the help, love and suport we got from all over the world. The group failed to follow proper procedures to take children out ot the country. The haitian have the right to protect every child in the country and that's what they trying to do. we maybe poor and we are going through some hard times, but it doest not change the value of a human life. So to H. King our children are as precious as children everywhere. We can help from where ever and however. God bless you.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  7. Shannon

    It sounds like to me that these people were trying to help these kids. I do not think she was told about the Government policies on taking the children across the border. This is what happens when Americans try to help other nations.
    America stay out of the other Nations problems, Help our own children. Help families here that are living in poverty. What is wrong with you people not wanting to help your own? Many American children need help too. Stay in your own land and help here.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  8. Jay, New Brunswick Canada

    Best of intentions? Baloney!! This group intentionally sought out vulnerable and desperate parents. If their intentions were good they would have helped those families, not stolen their children from them with promises they had no way of keeping. There are Christians all over Haiti serving the people, the children, and God, with no conflict whatsoever. Surely there are people more worthy of our sympathy and effort.

    February 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Adoptive Mom

    I believe some in the group may have had altruistic motives. The leader, it appears, did not. She should face the legal consequences in Haiti. It should send a message to everyone. If you are volunteering, volunteer (and isn't it great that they are). If you are trying to engage in child trafficking, you will pay a price.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  10. Weatherland Ellis

    I agree with H. King whole heartidly. I find myself with such mixed emotions how the Haiti government is treating the Americans when their intent was with the unawareness of all the bureaucracy. Whose to say what the outcome will be when the Americans are there and then their government expects them to remain til they have a new country?

    February 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  11. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Laws are laws regardless of what country you're in and being an American doesn't give one the right to break the law even if intentions are good. Hopefully, these good samaritans will be freed, I believe they will.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
  12. Eneida lambert

    I guess these people after all did not have the best interest for the Haitian children and probably their only concern was for themselves and to profit from them. How sad that people have to use children to profit from them!. This is incomprehensive! These children are being treated like animals , not humans.

    February 5, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  13. H. King

    The missionary group accused of kidnapping in Haiti had good intentions, and did not appear to have crimminal intent, just not very smart. The parents of the children wanted a better life for the children. Haiti should send the group home and let the USA deal with them.

    The harshness of the Haiti charge and jail is not promoting people in the USA to contibute time and money which is helping the poor in Haiti . In fact, it sends a serious negative message to health care volunteers working there that if anything goes wrong you could be jailed for a very long time.

    February 5, 2010 at 11:54 am |

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