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February 22nd, 2010
06:51 PM ET

Orphans seized, Mom is detained

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

Gary Tuchman and I were working on a separate story for AC360° when we got word that there had been Americans detained by the Haitian Police for attempting to take children out of the country.

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We started looking into the claim and headed over the police department. We were told a group of Americans had been questioned at the airport when they attempted to board a private plane with six kids. The police said the Americans seemed to have questionable paperwork. The Americans were not arrested, but the police said the children were taken from them and placed in a facility where they’d be cared for.

As we started reporting on the story, we found the names of the people questioned. It turns out there were two Americans and one Irish woman with the children at the airport. After doing some searching and calling around, we found out who they were, we interviewed them and they told us what they were doing.

They say they were doing everything legally and what happened to them and the children at the airport was one of the most frightening experiences of their lives. They say they showed up at the airport to take children who had already been adopted home.

They say they had all the paperwork in order, but were accosted by an “angry mob” of people. Turns out they have supporters in some very high places back home, but as of right now, they are still aren’t able to remove the children from Haiti. What Happened? Gary Tuchman has their story tonight at 10pm.


Filed under: Haiti Earthquake • Ismael Estrada
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Laura

    I'm so hopeful that this report will show TRUTH and not tow the UNICEF line.

    February 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  2. Isabel, Brasil

    The story is confusing and is difficult to know who to believe.

    The government and non-governmental institutions should be vigilant and protect the Haitian children.

    February 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm |
  3. Kathi Johnson

    Friends of mine are adoptive parents to one of the little boys being held by the Haitian police. We know God is in control of the situation, but are praying the Haitian police and others preventing these precious children from being place with their adoptive parents would cooperate so these children can be united with their new families. These children should not be in the middle of a situation like this.

    February 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  4. rosa

    some soldiers in Haiti are still running around arresting anyone who looks like an American especially if they have Haitians kids with them... hope everything turn out O.K. keep safe.

    February 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |