SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Child Protective Services today asked a
judge in West Texas to return eight youngsters from a polygamist
group -- to foster care.
CPS filed a petition saying the mothers of the eight have
refused to limit the children's contact with men accused of being
part of underage marriages.
Judge Barbara Walther will hold hearings September 25th in San
Officials in April raided the Yearning For Zion Ranch amid
concerns some children were abused. More than 400 children were put
in foster care.
The Texas Supreme Court in May ordered the children back to
their parents, saying the sweep was too broad.
A spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints didn't immediately comment.
Separately, CPS is requesting that the cases of 32 other
children be dropped due to no evidence of underage marriages, or
because the families are acting to protect the youngsters.
Last month, five men -- including jailed FLDS leader Warren
Jeffs -- were indicted for sexual assault of a child.
One of the men also faces a charge of bigamy, while the sect's
physician faces three misdemeanor counts of failing to report child
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