Salt Lake Tribune – Judge Rules State will Retain Custody of FLDS Children

District Judge Barbara Walther has ruled all 416 FLDS children will remain in state custody for now, allowing child welfare workers to begin finding foster homes for them.
    Walther told the parents following her ruling they must work with Texas Child Protective Services, and informed them she is able to restrict their parental rights or even terminate them.
    The judge also ordered maternity and paternity testing of both mothers and fathers. A mobile unit will be used to collect DNA samples from the children on Monday, and from parents on Tuesday, Walther said.
    FLDS women sat silent and motionless inside Walther’s courtroom upon hearing the ruling. After the judge left the courtroom, many huddled with their attorneys and listened as the lawyers explained the meaning of the decision.

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