New York Times – Sect’s Children Returned to Parents

More than 460 children seized by state authorities in April in an investigation of possible sexual abuse at an isolated West Texas polygamist community began going home on Monday.

Children seized by Texas authorities in April in an investigation of possible sexual abuse began going home on Monday, including 9-year-old Amy Dockstader, who was reunited with her parents, James and Nancy Dockstader, in Gonzales, Tex.

The case, one of the largest custody disputes in United States history, tied the Texas child welfare system in knots and became the focus of a national debate over the limits of police power.

State officials announced the release, under a court order signed by a district judge here in Tom Green County, with an arch, if not quite reluctant, formality and said the story was far from over.

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