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Baptist Convicted, Released from Haiti Jail

One of the missionaries accused of child kidnapping speaks with Baptist Press about what took place.

Baptist volunteer Laura Silsby has been released by Haitian authorities after a court conviction May 17.

According to the Associated Press, Silsby was convicted May 17 of arranging to transport 33 children out of Haiti in late January, following the Jan. 12 earthquake that ravaged the Caribbean country. Silsby was leading a group of 10 Baptist volunteers who were detained by authorities for allegedly failing to obtain the needed documentation to transport the children to an orphanage that was being started in the Dominican Republic.

Silsby, who had completed 15 full weeks in prison, was released for the time she had served, AP reported, and was free to leave the country.

Eight others in the group were freed in mid-February and the ninth was released in early March.

'Radically different' story about Baptists in Haiti emerges

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press

Paul Thompson reads the media accounts describing the journey of him and nine other jailed Baptist volunteers in Haiti who are all now free, ...

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