CPS agrees to reunite 12 FLDS children with parents for now

Associated Press/May 23, 2008

San Angelo, Texas - State child welfare authorities have agreed to reunite 12 children from a west Texas polygamist sect with their parents until the state Supreme Court rules on their custody case.

Teresa Kelly, a spokeswoman for the parents' lawyer, says Child Protective Services agreed on Friday to allow the parents to live with their children in the San Antonio area under state supervision.

An appeals court ruled Thursday that CPS was wrong to seize more than 440 children from a ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The state appealed that ruling to the Texas Supreme Court on Friday.

CPS said it took the children into foster care because the sect pushes girls into underage marriage and sex and raises the boys to be perpetrators.

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