Baptist Child Snatchers for Jesus Charged With Kidnapping, Criminal Association
February 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The ten American Baptists detained in Haiti last week, as they attempted to move 33 Haitian children across the border to the Dominican Republic, without proper documents or permission from the Haitian government, have now been officially charged with kidnapping children and criminal association. The charges are serious and the American suspects are not eligible for bail. After a hearing held at the prosecutor’s office on Thursday, the Baptist missionaries were heard singing religious hymns, as they were driven back to their jail cells in Port-au-Prince near the airport.
The Baptists led by Laura Silsby, who runs an online personal shopping site, said that Jesus told them to travel to Haiti to save orphaned children. And Silsby initially told authorities, that they were transporting orphans from a demolished orphanage, and they had permission from officials in the Dominican Republic, although she admitted that they did not have permission from the Haitian government. But as days passed, it has been revealed that Silsby and the rest of her group, not only knew that many of the children were not even orphans, but they were also well aware that they were breaking the laws of Haiti. In many cases, the group snatching children under the authority of Jesus, literally ripped the Haitian children from the arms of their parents. The family members willingly gave up their children to the missionaries, because they were promised that their children would obtain an education and a better life.
The groups’ interpreters said Wednesday that they were present when the missionary members spoke with the children’s parents, confirming that the children were not orphans as the group claimed.
P.J. Crowley, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said “Clearly, there are questions about procedure as to whether they had the appropriate paperwork to move the children.”
Silsby and her group of misguided missionaries were members of the Central Valley Baptist Church and the East Side Baptist Church, located in Idaho. Silsby, 40, and and Charisa Coulter, 24, Silsby’s nanny, formed the New Life Refuge in November, with the stated goal to: “rescue Haitian orphans abandoned on the streets, makeshift hospitals or from collapsed orphanages in Port au Prince and surrounding areas, and bring them to New Life Children’s Refuge in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.” Silsby and her group of evangelicals planned to stay in Haiti just long enough to “gather 100 orphans” and move them out of the country. The mission statement of New Life Refuge stated that it would “provide opportunities for adoption.”
The group of missionaries, whatever their motives, believed that their faith in God trumped international laws. When in the Dominican Republic, Laura Silsby met with Anne-christine d’Adesky, a Haitian-American and human-rights activist, who informed Silbsy before she even entered Haiti, that her plan to transport Haitian children to the Dominican Republic was illegal.
But Silsby was not concerned, because she believed that God was on her side. “We have been sent by the Lord to rescue these children, and if it’s in the Lord’s plan we will be successful,” said Silsby. The ten Americans on a mission from God, now must face more worldly laws.