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Two Americans charged with kidnapping in Haiti appeared before
a judge Thursday, a day after the judge released eight other
Americans on bail and allowed them to return

All 10 were charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti
after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake devastated the impoverished
country on January 12.

The Haitian judge ruled Wednesday that Laura Silsby and
Charisa Coulter would remain behind because authorities want to
determine why they traveled to Haiti on an earlier trip, before the
January 12 earthquake, said Silsby's attorney, Avion

Fleurent said Judge Bernard Saint-Vil was unable to ask
questions of Silsby and Coulter on Thursday because a translator
had not arrived. The judge also said he wanted to see the place in
the Dominican Republic where the group was supposedly headed
when it was stopped at the border, the attorney

On their arrival at court, however, Silsby told CNN that it was "not
true" that she had misled the other missionaries in her group. She
also said that "we brought food and clothes and toys to the
children" at an orphanage on their December trip to

On her way out of the courtroom and back to her cell, Silsby said
the proceedings "went very
"We're trusting God for all truth to be revealed and believing that
God will reveal the truth through the Haitian justice system," she
said. "They are seeking the

Haitian authorities stopped the group on January 29 as they tried
to cross the border with 33 children. The Americans said they
were going to house the children in a converted hotel in the
Dominican Republic and later move them to an orphanage they
were building there.
Some of the detained Americans said they thought they were
helping orphans, but their interpreters told CNN earlier this month
that they were present when group members spoke with some of
the children's parents. Some parents in a village outside
Port-au-Prince said they had willingly given their children over to
the Americans, who promised them a better life, and who said the
parents could see their children whenever they wanted

The eight other missionaries left Haiti on Wednesday night after
being granted bail without bond, akin to being released on their
own recognizance in the American justice

They arrived in Florida late Wednesday night and most --
including a Topeka, Kansas, firefighter and an Amarillo, Texas,
builder -- were returning to their hometowns Thursday.
Jim Allen told a group of friends and neighbors in Amarillo that he
was "glad to be home."

"The reason I went was for the relief effort to help these people,"
a tearful Allen said. "And they still need your help. I hope that that
can continue."
Another group from Boise, Idaho, was expected to arrive there
late in the evening.

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