PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitian police detained 10
Americans on Saturday on suspicion of trying to take children out of
the country without proper papers amid the chaos following the Jan. 12
The Americans were taken into custody with about 33
children while trying to reach the Dominican Republic, said
Communications Minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue.
are allegations of child trafficking and that really couldn't be
farther from the truth," said Sean Lankford of Meridian, Idaho, whose
wife and daughter were among those detained.
"They were going to
get the medical attention they needed. They were going to get the
clothes and the food and the love they need to be healthy and to start
recovering from the tragedy that just happened," Lankford told The