CPS says at least 229 Children Taken from Ranch Now with Parents

Staff Report

The Associated Press

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) - Child Protective Services says at least 229 children taken from a West Texas polygamous commune -- are now back with their parents.

The reunions continue today.

The early April raid happened after a report that underage girls were being forced into marriages and sex with polygamous older men.

Religious leaders deny any children were abused.

Judge Barbara Walther in San Angelo complied with a Texas Supreme Court ruling that the seizures was unjustified -- and cleared the way for the children to return to their parents.

Overall about 430 children were in foster care.

The parents must stay in Texas, attend parenting classes and allow the children to be examined as part of any abuse investigation.