CPS Returns to Sect Ranch, Rebuffed at Gate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas -- Here's the latest on a West Texas polygamist ranch where more than 460 children were removed last month amid concerns about abuse:

-- Texas child welfare authorities Wednesday returned to the ranch near Eldorado in search of children who may have arrived since the other minors were removed.

A guard at the main gate greeted two Child Protective Service workers and a deputy.

The child welfare agents asked whether they could enter the ranch to look for more children.

Guy Jessop denied them access, due to no search warrant.

-- Few people were out on the ranch property late Wednesday when journalists were allowed to enter.

A woman in a lavender prairie dress could be seen gardening in front of one of the sprawling log cabin-style homes.

Another man was moving cows around the dairy.

The compound's school house was empty. Calendars at the school still displayed April, when the raid occurred, and photos of the sect's jailed prophet Warren Jeffs.

-- Sect members requested 500 to 600 voter registration cards from Schleicher County, something they had not done in the five years since the ranch was established.

Schleicher County has an estimated 2,800 residents, and the ranch property is the county's third-biggest taxpayer.

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