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State seeks foster care for 8 in sect

August 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

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, ranging in age from 5 to 17, are set to begin today.

Child Protective Services has asked Texas District Judge Barbara Walther to return the children to foster care because their mothers allegedly have not limited their contact with men accused of being involved in underage marriages.

None of the 440 children taken into foster care in April live at the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado.

The polygamist sect is the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, whose imprisoned leader is Warren Jeffs.

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