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Texas Officials Seeks DNA of Polygamist Sect Baby

posted by nsymmonds

SAN ANGELO, Texas – Child welfare authorities want a judge to order a teenage member of a polygamist sect to let them collect a DNA sample from her newborn so they can identify the father and determine if he’s an adult.
The girl is a minor and Child Protective Services believes she was married to an adult male in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when she was 14, attorney John Dolezal said in the Nov. 14 motion requesting a court order.
In Texas, someone under the age of 17 generally cannot consent to sex with an adult.
The motion says the girl gave birth June 14, less than two weeks after she and the other 438 children taken from the sect’s Yearning For Zion Ranch were returned from foster care to their parents.
A hearing on the motion was scheduled Tuesday.
CPS collected DNA from all the children swept from the ranch in Eldorado in April, but the baby was born after the teen mother was returned to her parents.
The Texas Supreme Court ruled in May that the state had overreached in placing all the children in foster care when it could show no more than a handful of teenage girls had been abused. The children were returned in early June, and only one, a teenage girl whose mother wouldn’t cooperate with child welfare authorities, has been returned to foster care.
All but 36 of the children’s cases have been dropped from court oversight.
Twelve FLDS men have now been indicted on charges related to underage marriages and bigamy.
The FLDS is a breakaway sect of the Mormon church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which renounced polygamy more than a century ago.
Associated Press – November 25, 2008
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  • Your Name

    It was mentioned that only a “handful” of teenagers were shown to be abused, after taking in all the children. What is insignificant about a handful of teenagers being abused?
    Today in an Austin newspaper, it was reported that on Nov. 12, a grand jury in Eldorado indicted 72 yr. old Merril Jessop, a leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for conducting an unlawful marriage ceremony involving a minor, a felony. Also his daughters were married to men in the church when they were 16 yrs. or younger. Carolyn Jessop, one of his wives fled the sect on the Arizona-Utah line with her children in 2003 and wrote a best-selling book, “Escape”. The others who were indicted on the 12th of Nov. were Jeffs,Wendell Loy Nielsen 68 yrs.,Leroy Johnson Steed,42 yrs..

  • Henrietta22

    Forgot my name again. Is CAPTCHA related to GOTCHA! ;)

  • pagansister

    I wonder if the teenager will co-operate with the authorites and allow them to take a sample for a DNA test from her baby. No 14 year old should be giving birth! Obviously I know it happens, but that 14 year olds are children giving birth to children. FLDS men are “sick” puppies.

  • Confessoressa

    A handful of teenagers abused at a compound is plenty of reason to remove all the children!

  • Henrietta22

    Confessoressa glad you agree.

  • Confessoressa

    It’s going to take these kids years to stop thinking any of this is normal. It is the fear instilled in people there that is so disturbing. Isn’t this the group that has thrown hundreds of boys onto the streets over the years? I wonder why that abuse isn’t being used to prevent more?

  • pagansister

    Yes, Confessoressa, I think the “elders” pitch out the young men, as they are probably considered too much competition for the “old” guys. Stallions run off the young males at a certain age,so the stallion can keep his mares. Other animal groups do the same thing. Guess the FLDS “males” over 50 find the younger men too much to compete with…they have to keep control of their “mares.” However they must keep a few of the younger ones, because at some point the “old” guys won’t be able to father any more kids.

  • Confessoressa

    Thanks PS. It seems to me that the government is failing these children here. If underage boys by the hundreds have been thrown out into the street, that should be plenty of evidence to throw these men in jail. They had a responsibility to care for their children until the age of 18. The slowness of government really makes my blood boil sometimes. Even though it was in another state, you’d think someone could corral these abusers and throw them in the pen.

  • pagansister

    Yes, Confessoressa, you would think that the government could do something the situation…if they can prove it. They got burned so badly when they raided the place I guess caution is being used.

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