Sect Moms say State Ignored Law in Custody Case

Staff Report

The Associated Press

AUSTIN (AP) - The polygamist sect mothers locked in a fight with Texas officials over custody of their children accuse the state of ignoring the law and using diversions to justify the removal.

Lawyers for the women were asked to file a brief with the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday. The court is deciding whether an appellate court ruling issued last week was right.

The appellate court said state officials should not have taken the children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado because they failed to meet legal requirements for a removal.

Child Protective Services swept into custody more than 460 children nearly two months ago.