US aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnapping case

December 17, 2010 02:00

PORT-AU-PRINCE — An American who sold his construction business and traveled to Haiti to help earthquake victims was in jail Thursday as authorities investigated allegations he kidnapped an infant.

Paul Waggoner, co-founder of a group that provides medical supplies and transportation for aid missions, was expected to be transferred to the overcrowded and dangerous national penitentiary. He could spend the next few months there on accusations that he and his fellow volunteers say are fabricated.Waggoner and members of his organization, Materials Management Relief Corps, said the 15-month-old boy he is accused of taking actually died at a hospital with fever and gastrointestinal distress in February.

But the child's father, Frantz Philistin, insists the boy is still alive.

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