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‘Internet Twins’ Return to U.S.

April 19, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ The Internet twins, infant girls at the center of a trans-Atlantic custody battle, are back home in the United States, officials said Thursday.

Flintshire County Council, which had custody of the 9-month-old girls, said they returned to St. Louis, Mo. _ their birthplace _ on Wednesday, accompanied by three social workers from Britain.

``The social workers last night safely placed the twins with foster parents, on a confidential basis, pending a decision on their future by the Missouri court,″ said Philip McGreevy, chief executive of Flintshire County Council.

Judith and Alan Kilshaw, a British couple who located the twins on the Internet and adopted them in Arkansas, gave up their custody fight in Britain last week.

On April 9, a High Court judge ordered the 9-month-old girls returned to St. Louis, where their estranged biological parents are each seeking to regain custody.

The Kilshaws, who brought the babies to Britain three months ago, say they paid double the fee paid by a California couple who also wanted to adopt the twins.

After the adoption became publicized, a court ordered the twins placed in foster care pending a decision on custody. Subsequently, the Kilshaws’ adoption was voided by a court in Arkansas.

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