Appeals court rejects request to keep sect mothers with children

The Associated Press/April 25, 2008

San Angelo, Texas - An appeals court rejected an effort by the mothers of a polygamist sect in West Texas to keep the children in San Angelo.

The Third Court of Appeals on Friday denied a request by dozens of mothers with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to stop an order allowing the children to be sent to foster facilities around the state.

The children were all moved from San Angelo by early Friday, and the court found there wasn't sufficient grounds to force them to stay in San Angelo. A hearing planned for Tuesday on the mothers' request was canceled.

More than 460 children have been taken by the state because they were abused or at risk of abuse because of alleged underage marriages in the sect.

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