Eight missionaries have been freed after three weeks of detention in Haiti while being investigated for the attempted removal of thirty-three children from the country without proper documentation. Two remain in country as the investigation continues because, quake or no quake, paperwork is a must when trying to remove children from their homeland.

he group's swift departure from Haiti began Wednesday when Judge Bernard Saint-Vil said eight of the 10 missionaries were free to leave without bail because parents of the children had testified they voluntarily gave their children to the missionaries believing the Americans would give them a better life.

"The parents gave their kids away voluntarily," Saint-Vil said in explaining his decision.

He said, however, that he still wanted to question the group's leader, Laura Silsby, and her former nanny, Charisa Coulter, because they had visited Haiti prior to the quake to inquire about obtaining orphans.


Thank goodness they're safe. We were worried they'd have to live in tents with no where else to go.


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