- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 29, 2003

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 29 (UPI) — The president of the unincorporated Raelian firm Clonaid said Wednesday the first baby ever cloned — according to her — was in Israel.

A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., judge then ruled he had no jurisdiction in the case and that it would be up to Israeli authorities to make sure the baby, if it exists, is properly cared for.

"I can tell you that this little girl is not in the United States, has never been in the United States. This baby was not born in the United States. This baby is in Israel," said Brigitte Boissilier under persistent questioning from Circuit Judge John Frusciante.

With that, the judge ruled he had no jurisdiction. He asked Boissilier to make sure "Baby Eve," if there is one, gets proper care.

Boissilier had said earlier in her testimony that Clonaid had cloned two other children, and one was in the Netherlands and the other in Japan. The birth of the baby in Japan had been claimed previously.

Miami attorney Bernard Siegel had asked Frusciante to appoint a guardian for "Baby Eve" who the Raelian religious sect says was cloned by Clonaid.

The Raelian religious sect and the related company Clonaid announced in south Florida Dec. 27 that the baby was born the day before at an undisclosed location.

When Boissilier announced the birth, she said the child was born of U.S. parents, but would not disclose their whereabouts. She said they were not in the country.

She said the parents would submit to DNA testing to prove the child was a clone, but she later said the parents were reluctant to do that because they were afraid the child would be taken away from them.

The Raelian sect claims humankind came from aliens. Earlier testimony had shown that Clonaid was not incorporated and was not registered in any state.

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