NLADA Update – High Court Orders Texas to Reunite Polygamist Sect’s Children with their Parents

The Supreme Court of Texas in a 6-3 decision affirmed the Third Court of Appeals ruling which directed a state district court judge to vacate orders that had placed more than 400 children from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, which oversees Child Protective Services (CPS).

The Yearning for Zion Ranch, founded in 2003, is part of a sect that broke off from the mainstream Mormon Church after the Church’s repudiation of polygamy in the late 19th century. The children of this polygamist sect had been removed from the ranch in early April and placed in the custody of CPS after a local family violence shelter had received an anonymous call from an alleged 16-year old female claiming that she had been sexually abused by her 50-year old husband.

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