March 21, 2009

Polygamist in Texas

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March 29, 2009
A year ago today, a local women's shelter received calls for help - now believed a hoax - that drew law enforcement to a polygamous sect's ranch in Eldorado, Texas and triggered the largest abuse investigation in U.S. history. Within days 439 children had been taken from their parents.

Today, only one child remains in state custody and 12 men have been charged with underage marriages. The first trial begins in October. Other than that, things are pretty much back to the way they were.
Families awake at 5 a.m., gather for prayers, breakfast and chores before the children head to the sect's private school. Days end much the same way: chores, a meal, prayer.
April 10, 2008
Polygamist sects live on welfare. When a man marries one wife, she's his legal wife. All of his other wives are, by law, single women, so they get welfare for their children.

Aerial shot of compound near Eldorado, Texas.

Warren Jeffer, polygamist leader

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