Care of Eldorado Kids, Women Cost Texas Millions

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Child welfare authorities say the temporary care and shelter of women and children removed from a polygamous sect's Texas ranch cost the state more than $12.4 million.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services spokesman Patrick Crimmins says the amount represents the final cost of the "San Angelo Mass Care Event."

An accounting of expenses following the raid on the Yearning from Zion Ranch - the Eldorado home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - was reported in a copyrighted story Friday by the Deseret News.

Some 439 children were removed from the ranch in April after an allegation of abuse. Dozens of women left with the children, living in temporary shelters in San Angelo before the state placed the children in group homes or foster care.