Second Sect Baby Born in State Custody

Staff Report

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - State welfare workers today took custody today of a newborn whose mother is a member of a West Texas polygamist sect.

The child is the second baby born in state custody since state authorities raided a ranch belonging to the renegade Mormon church in April.

The total number of children taken is now 465.

The newborn's mother has been in state custody and is being treated as a minor.

Patrick Crimmins, a spokesman for Child Protective Services, acknowledged that she is among 27 girls whose age is in dispute.

Rod Parker, an attorney for the church, accuses the state of deliberately holding a pregnant mother it knew was over age so it could take the baby into custody upon birth.

State officials say LDS members gave conflicting information about names and ages.