Polygamy Kids Could Be Back Home in 10 Days
Texas must appeal surprise ruling or send children back
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 4:57 AM CDT
Marie Steed, a member of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, cries in front of the Tom Green County courthouse after the ruling.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – Yesterday's surprise court ruling in favor of a polygamous sect has Texas authorities scrambling, Time reports. An appeals judge ruled that the state had no right to seize children suspected of being sexually abused from the Yearning for Zion ranch. Officials now must appeal the ruling or return the children within 10 days

Both the state and the sect appear to be gearing up for further legal battles. Supporters of the sect families were jubilant after the ruling but others were shocked and upset. "I just can't believe they are just sending them back," one woman who fled a sect community told the Houston Chronicle. "We have just lost another generation."