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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 16:48 GMT 17:48 UK
Kilshaws reject High Court report
alan and judith kilshaw
Mr and Mrs Kilshaw have talked of adopting again
Details of the High Court ruling why Alan and Judith Kilshaw should not have custody of two American babies, are reported to have appeared on the internet

The Flintshire couple said they were shocked at the reports.

The judgement says the children would have suffered continuing harm if they were returned to the Kilshaws, who are also criticised for their pre-occupation with the media.

The Kilshaws have rarely been out of the public eye since the adoption saga began last December.

The twins
The Kilshaws went to High Court to try and keep the twins
Their unsuccessful fight to win back the girls at the High Court in London was held in private with all parties told not to discuss the evidence.

But newspaper reports Tuesday morning quote extensively from the judgement against them, posted on a Family Law internet service.

It says the couple lacked insight and empathy with the twins and that their courting of media attention was to the detriment of the children.

It also cites Mrs Kilshaw's volatile behaviour.

"If I'm guilty of anything it's standing up for my rights," says Judith Kilshaw in response to the comments.

"I never harmed those babies. This has been sent to destroy me and Alan."

'Selective reporting'

"Lots of things get said in court and I don't like this selective reporting," added Alan Kilshaw.

"I've been in favour of holding the proceedings in public."

Flintshire County Council says it hasn't seen the report but it understands it's a detailed case study for use by social workers and lawyers and it amplifies comments made by the judge at the conclusion of the the trial, endorsing their handling of the case.

In the months since the twins were returned to America where courts there will decide their future, the Kilshaws have talked about adopting again.

They believe this latest development has been designed to scupper those attempts.

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"The Kilshaws have rarely been out of the limelight"
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