SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A San Antonio judge has blocked state Child
Protective Services from removing a mother from a polygamous sect
from her infant son when he turns a year old tomorrow.
The temporary restraining order keeps Lori Jessop and her son
together. Mothers from the sect with children younger than a year
have been allowed to stay with them, but older children have been
taken from their mothers and placed in foster care.
The woman had been held along with more than 400 children taken
last month from a West Texas ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. State officials say the
children were endangered by underage and polygamous spiritual
Texas child welfare officials conceded yesterday that a
newborn's mother held in foster care as a minor after her removal
from the ranch is an adult. A Child Protective Services attorney
told a judge that the mother of a boy born April 29th is not a
minor, as CPS had claimed as justification for holding her.