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Arkansas doesn't return girls

September 24, 2008|From the Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. — Six girls removed from an evangelical compound as part of an investigation into the possible sexual abuse of minors will remain in state custody for the near future, a state official said Tuesday.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services had until Tuesday night to ask the court for permission to keep the children or return them to the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound. State and federal agents raided the compound Saturday looking for evidence that children were being molested.

Department spokeswoman Julie Munsell said she couldn't comment about the legal process surrounding the girls' future but acknowledged they wouldn't be leaving the state's care Tuesday.

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