Report alleges abuse, neglect in polygamous church group

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A report finds nearly two-thirds of the families involved in the April raid on the Texas ranch of a polygamous church had children who were abused or neglected.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services report
concludes there is evidence that 12 girls ages 12 to 15 were
"spiritually" married to adult men who are members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which
runs the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado.

The report says seven of those girls had one or more children.

Another 262 children were listed as neglected because their parents knew there was sexual abuse in the household, but did not protect their children.

Church spokesman Willie Jessop disputes the findings.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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