Texas Seeks Custody of Sect Leader's Alleged Bride

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Texas authorities are seeking permanent
custody of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly married to jailed
polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs.

The girl had been placed temporarily in foster care in August after her mother refused in court to guarantee her safety. She's the only one of 439 children taken from the Yearning For Zion Ranch to return to foster care.

Documents and photos seized from the ranch showed that Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, married the girl when she was 12.

Her father is charged with illegally marrying the pair in 2006. He has not entered a plea.

Jeffs was convicted in 2007 as an accomplice to rape in Utah and awaits trial in Arizona and Texas on other charges related to alleged underage marriages.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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