Thursday, February 4, 2010

Idaho Missionaries Charged with Child Abduction

Posted By on Thu, Feb 4, 2010 at 3:11 PM

citydesk just got a call from the BBC Scotland seeking local reaction to the charges filed against 10 U.S. missionaries in Haiti.

Haitian authorities have charged the group—led by Laura Silsby, a member of Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian—with child abduction and criminal conspiracy, according to the BBC, which seems to have a crack presence on the ground in Port-au-Prince.

"I feel good," Silsby told reporters today, as the group was loaded into a van outside the courthouse. "I trust in God."

Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian.
  • Nathaniel Hoffman
  • Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian.

In case you missed it, the missionaries, eight of whom are from Idaho, went down to Haiti under the auspices of Silsby's charity, New Life Children's Refuge, to "save" orphans in the wake of the earthquake there. But many of the 33 orphans they gathered up and put on a bus headed to the Dominican Republic turned out to not be orphans at all.

The 10 were arrested last week and charged today, after several days of speculation that they might be sent home to face charges.

The Idaho Statesman also revealed today that Silsby is not all that she claims. Silsby has faced eight civil lawsuits and 14 unpaid wage claims in recent years, her house was foreclosed on last year, she has racked up a long list of speeding tickets and was recently divorced, the Statesman's Katy Moeller reported today.

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