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(The detained Americans exit a police vehicle in the Haitian
capital of Port-au-Prince)


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti. - A lawyer for 10 U.S. missionaries detained in Haiti says parents of the children they're suspected of kidnapping told a judge they freely handed over their kids.
     
Aviol Fleurant argues the parents' testimony means no law was broken and "we can't talk any more about trafficking of human beings."
     
Fleurant said Tuesday he's "confident" the judge will dismiss the case.
     
Prosecutors are to make their final argument Wednesday on whether to pursue the charges.
     
The Americans are accused of trying to take 33 children into the neighboring Dominican Republic without proper documentation.
     
The Baptist missionaries say they were heading to a Dominican orphanage following Haiti's devastating quake, and had only good intentions.

A former Marine medic said most of the Americans are in good health, except one.

"They are in pretty good health. We have one lady who has a very bad infection on her leg and so it's important that we get medicines to her everyday," said Buddy Shipp. "It could be a life and death situation."

Of the 10 Americans, eight are from Idaho.

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