Two Orange County men won final custody of their three sons Tuesday in the aftermath of a raid by authorities in which the boys were removed from a commune in Saugus.
The boys had been living with their mothers at a commune run by religious fundamentalist Tony Alamo.
Robert Alan Miller, 36, and his brother Carey Miller, 34, told Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard O. Frazee that their sons were beaten and emotionally abused while living with their mothers at the commune. Jeremy, 11, is Carey Miller's son and Kody, 10, and Robert, 4, are Robert Miller's sons.
In addition to awarding final custody, the judge also ordered both marriages ended as of Oct. 30, 1988, denied visitation rights to the mothers and ordered the women not to come within 200 yards of the boys' homes or schools.
Neither Robert Miller's wife, Susan Miller, 30, nor Carey Miller's wife, Carol Ann Miller, 35, contested the divorces. According to the men's attorney, Sidney Radus, lawyers for the wives had sought to delay the hearing early Tuesday, but neither the women nor their representatives appeared in court. Frazee said he found "no compelling reason" to delay the hearing.