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State seizes 6 children

December 04, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Child welfare officials have seized six children associated with the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries of Little Rock, Ark. In all, officials have seized 32 children associated with the ministries over allegations of beatings and sexual abuse.

Alamo, 74, remains held without bond in Arkansas, charged with violating the Mann Act, a federal law that bans transporting women or girls across state lines for "prostitution or debauchery." The FBI declined to say where the children were found in Indiana.

In addition, California child welfare officials went to the ministry's compound in Santa Clarita but found no children, said a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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