March 8th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

U.S. missionary released in Haiti

[Update: 4:24 p.m.] Coulter walked out of judicial police headquarters and headed to the nearby airport Monday afternoon.

Attorneys Chillier Roi and Ricardo Chachoute, who are representing Coulter and the other American, Laura Silsby, earlier told CNN that the judge had signed off on Coulter's release. 

Silsby, was earlier answering questions in the office of Judge Bernard Saint-Vil. 

Silsby, Coulter and eight others were stopped by Haitian authorities on January 29 as they tried to cross the border with 33 children without proper legal documentation. The group said it was going to house the children in a converted hotel in the Dominican Republic and later move them to an orphanage.

Silsby originally claimed the children were orphaned or abandoned, but CNN determined that more than 20 of them had at least one living parent. Some parents said they placed their children in Silsby's care because that was the only way they knew to ensure a better quality of life for them.      

The 10 Americans, many of whom belong to a Baptist church in Idaho, have said they were trying to help the children get to a safe place after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake flattened cities and towns in Haiti. 

Last month, Saint-Vil released the eight others, but Silsby and Coulter remained in custody because the judge wanted to learn more about their motives.

Since then, Saint-Vil has traveled to the Dominican

[Posted: 3:16 p.m.] Charisa Coulter, one of two Americans who had remained in custody in Haiti on suspicion of kidnapping 33 children after the devastating January earthquake, was released Monday.

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