CPS returns to polygamous sect's ranch in search of children

Associated Press/May 21, 2008

Edorado, Texas -Child Protective Services workers went back to the West Texas ranch of a polygamst sect after receiving information that there may be more children living there.

CPS spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner (MIZE-ner) said Wednesday workers went to make initial inquiries and are now conferring with law enforcement.

Guy Jessop, standing guard at the main gate of a ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said two CPS workers accompanied by a sheriff's deputy asked whether they could come on to the ranch to look for more children. Jessop denied them access without a search warrant.

Jessop and FLDS spokesman Rod Parker said they didn't believe there were any children at the 1,700-acre ranch.

CPS seized more than 460 children from the Yearning For Zion ranch last month, believing the children were being forced into underage marriages and sex.

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