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Children of Polygamous Cult Find New Homes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Hundreds of children from a polygamist sect are on their way to group homes, shelters and residences.

That's after the state seized the 437 children from the West
Texas commune of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints.

But experts and lawyers fear these children's transition from
their previous environment may be much harder than it is for other
foster children.

The children will be plunged into a culture radically different
from the community where they and their families shunned the
outside world as a hostile, contaminating influence on their godly
way of life.

Many of the children have seen little or no television. They've
been essentially home-schooled all of their lives. Most were raised
on garden-grown vegetables and twice-daily prayers with family.
They frolic in long dresses and buttoned-up shirts from another
century.

It's unclear whether authorities suspect Rozita Swinton of
Colorado Springs, Colorado, made any of the calls that triggered
the April 3rd raid of the commune. Texas authorities have said a
16-year-old girl called a crisis center claiming she was abused at
the compound. Authorities haven't found that girl but say they've
found evidence other children were abused.


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