Stepford Wives

Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, front, walk out of the Tom Green County Courthouse as Sheriffs deputies, rear, look on during the first day of child custody hearings in San Angelo, Texas, Thursday, April 17, 2008. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)From the Times Union by By Michelle Roberts, Associated Press 7:03 a.m., Saturday, April 19, 2008 photo by Tony Gutierrez / AP click to read more.
Polygamous-sect children ordered to stay in Texas custody   Children from polygamous sect ordered to stay in Texas custody, undergo genetic testing     SAN ANGELO, Texas — A chaotic two-day hearing ended with dropped heads and silence when a judge ordered that the 416 children taken from a ranch run by a polygamous sect will stay in state custody for the time being.     State District Judge Barbara Walther heard 21 hours of testimony over two days before ruling Friday that the children would be kept in custody while the state continues to investigate allegations of abuse stemming from the teachings of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.     “This is but the beginning,” Walther said.

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