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Plan for Return of Children Rejected

July 08, 1989

An Oregon Juvenile Court judge has rejected a plan submitted by the Ecclesia Athletic Assn. for the return of 53 children taken into protective custody by the state after a child's beating death.

The children were removed from a farmhouse near Sandy owned by the Los Angeles-based group after Dayna Broussard, the 8-year-old daughter of group founder Eldridge Broussard Jr., was beaten to death during a discipline session last October.

Ecclesia members want the children returned to the farm for a summer camp that would run from mid-August to mid-October, said Bart Wilson, manager of the Clackamas branch of the state Children's Services Division.

But Clackamas County Juvenile Court Judge Robert Morgan rejected the plan Thursday, saying it lacked detail and failed to show how funding could be raised to take adequate care of the children.

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