Debate Heats Up Over Polygamist Children Case

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

SAN ANGELO - The mothers from a polygamist compound in Eldorado say a judge went too far when she removed all including the youngest children from the ranch in West Texas.

But some child advocates and family law experts, say not so.

Former District Judge Scott McCown says leaving some children behind would have meant they could have been taken out of state or subjected to abuse.

It would also have slowed down the investigation.

A lawyer for the Mothers' says many of the children were to young to be taught to believe in celestial marriages between underage girls and older men.