FLDS Mothers Appeal to Texas Governor to Help Children

By Jennifer Dobner
Associated Press Writer

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - The mothers of children removed from a West Texas Polygamist sect's ranch after an abuse allegation are appealing to Gov. Rick Perry for help.

In a letter sect members say was mailed to Perry on Saturday, the mothers from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints claim some of their children have become sick and even required hospitalization.

They also say children have been questioned about things they know nothing about since they were placed in the legal custody of the state.

Some 416 children were rounded up and placed in temporary custody 11 days ago, after an domestic violence hot line recorded a complaint from a 16-year-old girl. She said she was suffering physical and sexual abuse at the hands of her 50-year-old husband.