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Internet mother arrested for theft

The Kilshaws are awaiting a custody hearing over the twins
The Kilshaws are awaiting a custody hearing over the twins  

LONDON, England -- British police have arrested the woman at the centre of a transatlantic Internet adoption row on suspicion of theft.

Judith Kilshaw, from Buckley in North Wales, was questioned by police before being released on bail without being charged.

"We can confirm that a 47-year-old woman from Buckley was arrested yesterday on suspicion of theft and questioned at Mold police station," a police spokesman said.

"She has now been released on police bail. No charges have been brought against her."

Kilshaw is alleged to have stolen $3,600 (2,500) worth of travellers' cheques to fund her trip to the United States where she and husband Alan collected the twin girls they had bought over the Internet.

The ensuing battle between the British couple, an American couple who also said they adopted the babies, and their biological mother over custody of the twins exploded in the international media last month.

British social workers took the babies into custody on January 18 and a court ruled that they must remain in the care of local authorities while it considers the case.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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