Baby Eve clone is in Israel, company chief claims
Florida judge throws out guardianship petition
FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CNN) – The head of a company claiming to have cloned humans said Wednesday that the alleged first human clone, known as Baby Eve, is in Israel.
Brigitte Boisselier, chief executive officer of Clonaid, made the disclosure under oath at a hearing into whether Florida should appoint a guardian for the child. The judge then threw the case out of court.
Boisselier also maintained under oath that two other cloned babies have been born since Eve's birth late last month.
Clonaid was founded by the man who also created the Raelian religious sect and claims life on Earth was started by extraterrestrials.
It has offered no proof that the babies are clones or even exist. Boisselier initially promised DNA tests to prove Eve was a clone, but later backed out saying the parents were concerned the court was trying to take the baby away. Boisselier said she has only seen a videotape of Eve.
After Boisselier's testimony, Broward County Circuit Judge John Frusciante ruled that he had no jurisdiction and threw the case out.
"At this point, I will not give any more credibility to this situation than it has already been given," Frusciante said after ruling his court had no jurisdiction in the issue.
Boisselier revealed the baby's location during her brief testimony after the judge repeatedly pressed her to do so.
Frusciante still voiced his doubts about Boisselier's testimony.
"The court questions even the credibility of [her testimony] at this point in time," he said. "Although she has not seen the child herself ... I have no information whatsoever that the child ... has come forth in any way in the state of Florida."
The hearing was scheduled after Florida attorney Bernard Siegel filed a petition seeking a guardian for Eve, saying he wanted to protect the interests of the child -- even though no one has seen her.
Siegel filed the petition in Broward County because that is where Clonaid announced the birth of the child on December 26.
The company has not provided details about Eve or made her available for independent tests. Clonaid said last week that a third cloned child, a boy, had been born in Japan. Clone No. 2, a girl, was purportedly born to a Dutch lesbian on January 3.
Vice President Thomas Kaenzig refused to testify in detail last week about the headline-grabbing claim many experts consider to be a hoax. Instead, he testified via telephone from Las Vegas for Friday's hearing, which lasted about an hour and a half. He was hesitant to give any details about the company until the judge ordered him to do so.
Kaenzig told Frusciante he had Boisselier's word "the child is being taken care of."