Polygamist Compound Children Now Living in Midland

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY- Two bus-loads of children, seized from the compound in Eldorado are settling into their new homes in Midland. Nearly 100 FLDS children were on the move Tuesday afternoon after a Judge's Order to send them to temporary foster homes.

There's still a lot of work ahead for Authorities with Child Protective Services. One of the shelters for the FLDS children is High Sky Children's Ranch in Midland County.

Tuesday, two buses filled with FLDS children and family members drove into the facility around 4:30 this afternoon. They were escorted by state troopers and medical personnel. The San Angelo Judge's Order said there were several important factors that are a part of the decision to move the children. One of the biggest: trying to keep the families as close together as possible. They said they are trying to keep siblings and younger children with close family members. It's important to note all the children moved Tuesday are 4 years old or older.

NewsWest 9 is still learning more about what will happened to the children in the future. Administrators at High Sky will have to try and handle all of the educational and medical needs of the children first before they think more long-term.

Besides Midland, other cities taking in FLDS children include Abilene, Amarillo, Waco, Houston, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. There's a possibility hundreds more children, including the young infants will also be moving to shelters later this week. And that's not sitting well with the FLDS attorney.

"The initial reason for going into the ranch was the telephone call from the so-called Sarah, all of this is a consequence of that telephone call, and I think therefore all of it is tainted by that telephone call as well," said Rod Parker, representing FLDS members.

NewsWest 9 spoke with CPS officials Tuesday in order to clear up some confusion. They said after recounting the number of children when they were in San Angelo, they said the total number of children in state custody is 437.

Remember these children still have a lot of needs, and CPS officials said their goal is to do what's best for the children as they continue to learn more about what happened inside that compound.