Polygamist Sect Children Prepare to Return Home

By Chris Ayres
The Times (United Kingdom)
June 2, 2008

More than 400 children from a Texas polygamist sect were preparing to make their way back to a self-sufficient compound outside the town of Eldorado today, after a court brought an end to the largest child custody case in US history.

An order signed by the Texas District Judge Barbara Walther allowed parents in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) — whose "prophet", Warren Jeffs, allegedly married a 12-year-old girl — to pick up their children from state foster care facilities around the state immediately.

The children were taken from the Yearning For Zion Ranch almost two months ago, after a woman claiming to be a teenage sect-member called an abuse hotline. It is now thought the call might have been a hoax.


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