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Hundreds at Polygamist Sect Hearing in San Angelo

Staff Report
The Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - A child welfare investigator today testified about how men at a West Texas polygamist sect - could lose their multiple families.

A hearing continues in San Angelo on 416 children removed this month from the polygamist compound near Eldorado amid concerns about alleged abuse.

Investigator Angie Voss testified about how details on life at the ranch began to emerge.

Voss says if one of the men fell out of favor with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - his wives and children were reassigned to other men.

The children would then identify the new man as their father.

Voss says that contributed to the problem of identifying children's family links and their ages.

Voss says -- through their interviews with girls at the ranch -- they believed there was a pattern of underage girls given in marriage to older men.

Voss said that if the prophet told the girl to marry or to lie, the girl would do as instructed.

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