Texas Authorities Again Goes After Polygamist Sect's Children

Well, eight children is a lot fewer than 440 children. The difference could hardly be more dramatic, but possibly the Child Protective Services felt that they had to do something to save face. After two months one would think that CPS would have had time to build a very strong case, but if CPS loses on these few cases, it will really show an agency that is out of control. The AP has the story here:

SAN ANGELO, Texas — More than two months after being forced to return children from a polygamist sect to their parents, Texas child welfare authorities want eight youngsters put back in foster care.

Individual hearings for the four mothers of the children, who range in age from 5 to 17, are set to begin Monday.

Child Protective Services has asked a judge to return the children to foster care because their mothers have allegedly refused to limit their contact with men accused of being involved in underage marriages.

"We continue to have concerns in particular for these eight children, which is why we have asked the judge to review the case," said CPS spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner.

None of the children live at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado, from where authorities took roughly 440 children into foster care in April. Officials said the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which established the ranch, was forcing girls into underage marriages and grooming boys to be adult abusers.

The Texas Supreme Court forced CPS to return the children to their parents six weeks after they were placed in foster care because the agency presented evidence of no more than a handful of teenage girls being abused. Many of the children taken into CPS custody were infants and toddlers. . . .



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pre WW-II, in the early days of my grandparents in rural areas, it was not uncommon to have people marry at age fourteen (yeah, 14, one-four), from arranged marriages and many of them lived long healthy good couple's lives.

Gov't is going crazy by defining "children" as "anyone under 18". That is an artificial line in their sand which allow them to preempt the moral high ground and give pseudo-legitimacy to their power expansion.

8/17/2008 2:45 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I hope that there will be successful legal action against these government yahoos. It would be a good incentive for them and other public servants to not commit more crimes in the future.

8/17/2008 10:35 PM  

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