February 5th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 02/05/10

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Tonight on 360°, once again we have breaking developments on the 10 Americans accused of kidnapping 33 children in Haiti. We've been on this story for several days and we keep uncovering new information. Plus, one senator blocking 70 presidential appointments because his pork projects haven't been approved. We've got the raw politics. And, who dat? - the two words with ties this Sunday's Super Bowl.

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  1. Dodie, Irvine CA


    That sounds pretty scary to me. I wonder would or have they been doing that here and we are just not aware of it?

    It would be a good idea to do an investigation especially on this ring-leader

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  2. Sharon G.

    The exploitation of children in this manner is despicable. These missionaries appear to have been using them to hid their true intentions. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for misrepresentation and child trafficing. The Haitian people may not have much, but from the videos I've seen, they love and take great care of their children. Sadly some Haitian parents have such great love that they would let go of their precious little ones in hopes of a better life, not knowing they were being conned.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  3. Aram

    I can't help but wonder, while all this attention is focused on this group who apparently had 'good' intentions how many 'bad' people are getting away with trafficking of Haitian children Do they catch 'real' criminals? and if they do why don't we hear about them?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  4. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Very well said. Good intentions combined with wisdom and best practices.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  5. Jennifer - AZ

    Evening Anderson and everyone

    The way Laura is always smiling reminds me of the Manson girls when they were arrested. I wonder if there's something not quite right in her head.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Missy

    This woman makes me sick. Even if her intentions were good (which I highly doubt) her self-righteousness is appalling.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Jo


    Great job on your coverage of Haiti! Love you!

    I am sooooo happy that they stopped the missionaries when they did. Who knows what they were going to do with the children?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:17 pm |
  8. Cesar

    I'm from Dominican Republic and lived in Idaho for one year. I actually know one of the Americans who is held in Haiti. I hope she gets out of that situation quickly and to have a safe return to Idaho. I'm following up on every breaking news in AC360, keep up the good job!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  9. Barbara Boyd--Whites Creek, TN

    Why didn't the so-called missionaries do something to help keep the families together instead of taking children from people who felt they could not take care of them?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  10. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Isabel Siaba, Brasil

    They lied! That does not sound like their heart is in the right place!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  11. Anna Marie Person

    Those other 9 are not completely innocent...

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  12. Karen G..

    This case falls right into a book I just read called "A Crime So Monstrous" by E. Benjamin Skinner, it is about human slavery and trafficking. It just amazes me the research Mr. Skinner wrote about is exactly like this situation. I think the Haitian government is right, and I think it so very sad when God's name is used like this, very sad, I am so glad this case is getting attention. Thank You

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  13. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Its sad when you hear of people who go to places to do good and then hear that they were really there to do bad. They are the ones that make the people who are there to do good look bad

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  14. Judy

    Just goes to show you a crook can dress in many different suits and fool many. Or maybe all weren't fooled. Keep diggin

    February 5, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  15. Angelica

    We can only hope that Laura Silsby's story serve as an example to other good intentioned people. We can't assume that all church members are holy!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  16. Theresa

    Laura Silsby must be a charismatic person because it's not just these 9 people she fooled-sounds like they're not the only ones. Hopefully this woman pays some type of penalty for this mess!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  17. cheryl

    I am very upset that the 9 americans are being held. It seems they were innocent and were under the impression that Laura Silsby was doing this legally. I hope and pray that the 9 Americans are freed and able to come back home. They went there with a good heart and the judge should consider that. I hope American government get together and try and help these Americans get freed.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  18. Isabel Siaba, Brasil

    @ David, Indiana

    Yes, if they were involved with children care (orphanage and adoptions), how they didn't have a documentation of adoption?

    It is totally incoherent!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  19. Emily

    "trolling for children" ...that seems pretty accurate!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  20. Lanette

    It pains me to see these people do something in Haiti that they probably wouldn't try in their own country..it would not be tolerated in this country.

    Plus if people of color (yes I am saying it) did something like this here in the states-we'd be locked up UNDER the jail.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  21. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Child slavery is common in Haiti. Where is the Haitian government with that?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  22. traci

    and i agree with what Devin said above – a true Christian missionary would NEVER do this! HORRIBLE. And by the way....good evening everyone! 🙂

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  23. Gabriela Vaughan from Nicaragua

    @ Devin

    I am absolutly agree with you!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  24. Carol

    You're reporting has been awesome!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  25. Elizabeth

    Hello all TGIF! No snow in CT!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  26. Milan

    It's just "funny" how many people use other people for their own goals.Like using such a bad situation for the own purpose isn't bad enough.I am anxious about what's going to happen with those people.Laura and this orphanage should feel the full power of the law system.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Dodie, Irvine CA

    @ Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Yes, in this country; however, they went to Haiti and that country is very vulnerable at the moment due to the Chaos from the earthquake!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Elizabeth

    Anderson, this story just gets worse and worse. This woman is very slick!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  29. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening, everyone. Why doesn’t Laura Silsby just come clean with what she was up to? She has gotten in way over her head now and unfortunately has brought down some others with her.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  30. Adriana

    It's very sad how people use religion and God as an excuse to get away with things that are all but holy. Luckily, these people were caught in the knick of time. I hope they receive a just trial and the children stay with their parents to help rebuild Haiti.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Claire

    I can't believe the arrogance of these church people. They lied about things, and thought they were above the Hatian laws. Haiti is right to jail them.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Dorothy

    How does someone use children for profit? I don't understand what
    is happening to the world. These kids have been through hell and then
    to be taken away from any family they might still have is and embarrassment to the United States.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  33. A. Smith, Oregon

    Some of the kidnappers might crack during their prison stay and come forward with more information on exactly what they planned to do with these 30 kidnapped children in exchange for a lighter sentence.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Absolutely right!!!!! Good point taken!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Caroline, Los Angeles,
    sounds like 9 of them, they were not well informed re. the laws, etc. From what it seems, they were not the ones in charge, just there to help.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  36. niwat kurusattra, chicago

    Have a great weekend , all

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  37. traci

    OK – we are a licensed CPS home in the US and we are set up and ready to adopt children and would LOVE to adopt Haitian orphans – LEGALLY. This selfish woman has RUINED adoption opportunities for so many with her brazen actions! Disgusting! I hope they throw the book at her!!!!!!!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  38. Anna Marie Person

    Imagine what would happen to a group of Haitians who got caught in America trying to take a few dozen American kids...

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Keysha W.

    She was going to use them for fame and fortune.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  40. MJ

    "What tangled webs we weave"...No matter what the intentions of Ms. Silsby or the group at large, they have done themselves no favors by lying. I was inclined to think the best of them in the beginning, but it's getting more and more difficult...

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  41. CAROL

    Has anyone asked why she needs a nanny? Does she have children? Where? If not, who is the "nanny?"

    February 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Dodie, Irvine CA

    I remember Andersen's statement last night "Trolling for children" that is indeed very chilling!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Devin

    A kid napper is a kidnapper i say charge them!

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Jed Brown

    Even if we give the benefit of the doubt to the women who wanted to help kids in Haiti, the story points to the importance of abiding by the law. The same law that prevents kids being taken by good people, prevents kids being taken by bad people.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Isabel Siaba, Brasil

    @Dodie, Irvine CA

    Yeah .... I can't see any good intention. They had no legal support. No one can be so naive.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
  46. Gayle McCauley Malden,Mass.

    Greetings to All! I'm curious,don't people have to undergo some sort of psychological evaluation before they are allowed to adopt or foster a child? Do these standards apply to those who run orphanages also? I would think that they would,because they are overseeing many children.Was Laura ever evaluated and deemed fit to run an orphanage?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Paula, Colorado

    Hi–Happy Friday!
    I hope New Orleans wins the Super Bowl.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Dodie, Irvine CA

    This group reminds me of a mob... allowing one person to take total charge! What happened to independent thought!! What happened to responsibility for one's behavior?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Devin

    You should adopt or somthing Anderson i mean lets be frank who is more fit?

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Lauren--NY

    Welcome, Pamela! (Anderson, you have a Fox convert! Nice.)

    February 5, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
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