Released December 15, 2010. 10:00pmEST
American aid volunteer Paul Waggoner, working in Haiti since the January 12th, 2010 earthquake, was in Haitian court today on accusations of kidnapping stemming from the death of a child. Paul will be sent to the National Penitentiary tomorrow morning in Port Au Prince for 3 months to await the Magistrative Investigation. Like the majority of inmates at the National Penitentiary, Paul has not been convicted of any crime.
The child in question died at HCH (Haitian Community Hospital in Petionville) late February while Paul was working logistics at the location. Paul does not work on medical care. The grieving father has stated that he believes Paul stole the baby and that the baby is still alive due to the fact that the baby’s eyes would not close after death. He has reported that Paul either wanted to adopt, or sell the baby. He reported that morgue workers at HCH were selling babies, however, there was no morgue or morgue workers at this hospital.
Paul subsequently left Haiti for fear of this father, but returned in mid-March under the belief that this situation had been resolved. He has since co-founded MMRC Global (http://mmrcglobal.org), where he is known as Little Paul. MMRC has been focusing their recent efforts to house, transport and place medical personal during the devastating cholera outbreak.
MMRC Global, and the family of Paul Waggoner, are working with the US Embassy to keep Paul out of the notoriously dangerous National Penitentiary, however, the ultimate goal is to ensure Paul’s right to a fair hearing and speedy investigation in order to prove the accusations are groundless and Paul is set free.
For those with US connections:
Call local state reps/senators to pressure US embassy to move swiftly on this situation. http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
Call the State Department at 202-647-6575 and ask for Suzanne Grantham.
Call Overseas Citizens Services at 202-647-5225.
For those with Haitian connections, please use to spread the word about this situation.
Thank you for your support and your concern!