DAD GETS CUSTODY OF 19 HAITIAN KIDS

Date: 1996-07-05

News-Sentinel, The (Fort Wayne, IN)

Author: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Dateline: SHELBYVILLE

A judge has awarded custody of 19 adopted Haitian children to their father.

Dan Blackburn, although elated, says much work will be needed to repair the damage done to the children during the lengthy divorce proceedings.

Kathy Blackburn filed for divorce in December. During the custody hearing, she accused Blackburn of sexually molesting all 11 of their adopted daughters, and accused him of killing a crying baby by stuffing a rag into his mouth while the family lived in Haiti.

The Blackburns drew national attention by adopting 28 children, many very ill, while spending more than a decade as missionaries in Haiti.

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