Cop: Baptists Tried to Grab Haiti Kids Earlier
Group caught with a busload of 40 kids last month
By Emily Rauhala,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2010 5:00 AM CST
One of the 10 Americans arrested while trying to bus children out of Haiti arrives at court.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(Newser) – The Baptist missionaries jailed on kidnapping charges in Haiti tried not once, but twice, to take kids out of the country, according to a Haitian police officer. The officer stopped the group last month and ordered some 40 children off their bus as they headed from Haiti to the Dominican Republic, he told CNN. The group was charged last week with kidnapping after trying to take 33 children out of the country.

The missionaries have insisted they were simply trying to help Haiti's orphans, and their lawyer says they had permission to take children to the Dominican Republic.