Twins "Sold" on Internet Are Taken From Adoptive Parents

LONDON, JAN. 19, 2001 (

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The 6-month-old English twins,
adopted twice on Internet by two different sets of parents,
have been taken by authorities from the second couple who adopted them.

Based on an emergency order for the infants´ protection,
under a 1989 law, the babies were taken from the adoptive parents on Thursday night.

Belinda and Kimberly, as the twins are called, are now in the care of the
British Social Services. The scandal of the twins was revealed last
Tuesday by the British press, following a complaint presented to the FBI by
Californians Richard and Vickie Allen, the U.S. couple who initially paid for the girls´ adoption.

The Allens requested custody of the twins who had been in the care of
their second adoptive parents, Judith and Alan Kilshaw from Wales.

The Kilshaws «bought» Belina and Kimberly on Internet and then took
them from the United States to the United Kingdom after paying $36,000.

To the saga of the two couples, a third source of discord is now added:
Tranda Wecker, the twins´ real mother, has claimed her daughters on U.S. television.

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