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22/01/01
Legal Challenges Mount for Net Twins Couple
- Arkansas and UK government to investigate babies-for-sale deal

THE LAW of two countries is closing in on the couple who paid UKP8,000 to adopt twins in the US, despite the fact the baby girls had already been adopted by another couple.

Judith and Alan Kilshaw said last night that they had won the right to keep the girls by playing by the adoption rules as laid down in Arkansas. But that claim was thrown into doubt today with the news that the twins' natural mother, Tranda Wecker said both she and the British couple effectively lied to the Little Rock authorities. "The Kilshaws knew that I didn't live in Arkansas but we were all just going to play along," Wecker said.

The Kilshaws deny knowing of Wecker's deceit, but even if they can convince the FBI of their story, they face investigators on this side of the Atlantic sent in by Home Secretary Jack Straw who called the money-for-babies deal "quite revolting."

Before selling her children to the Kilshaws, Wecker allegedly sold the six-month old twins to a Californian couple who are now trying to reclaim their goods.



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