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Haitian orphanage closed due to 'horrific' conditions

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An orphan is carried away by a police officer during the closure of the Son of God orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Oct. 21, 2011. The orphanage, whose director was accused by U.S. missionaries of not feeding children and selling donated goods, was closed Friday in a rare crackdown by Haitian authorities.

AP reported on Friday that an orphanage whose director has been accused by U.S. missionaries of not feeding children and selling donated goods was closed Friday in a rare crackdown by Haitian authorities.

Marie Andree Hypolitte has been running the orphanage with her 30-year-old daughter, and she denies any wrongdoing. Hypolitte said that the poor conditions of the orphanage, including dirty mattresses on the floor, holes in the concrete walls and the smell of urine, were proof that the family was not involved in any criminal activity.

"If I were selling kids, would this institution look like this?" she said, her voice choked with tears.

As she spoke, half a dozen toddlers with sunken eyes and patchy hair, signs of apparent malnutrition, wandered around the home. Read more…

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

An orphan reacts inside a UNICEF bus as he is taken away after the closure of the orphanage. Police officers and child welfare officials sealed off the unpaved street in front of the Son of God orphanage and the children who lived there were loaded into a UNICEF bus and taken to new homes.

Dieu Nalio Chery / AP

An orphan reacts inside a UNICEF bus as she is taken away.

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