Associated Press – Texas drops half of cases in polygamist sect raid

Child by child, Texas authorities are acknowledging that many of the children seized during a raid on a polygamist sect’s ranch can safely live with their parents or guardians.

Since the April 3 raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, 235 children’s custody cases have been dropped, meaning fewer than half of the 440 children seized remain bound by a court order to stay in Texas, attend parenting classes or be available for unannounced visits by Child Protective Services.

More cases are likely to be dropped, said CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins, though he was unsure how many that would be.

They’re being dropped “as fast as we can because it’s a burden on everyone,” he said.

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