Texas Appeals to Keep Sect Kids in Custody

Challenge of ruling means case may go to state supreme court
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2008 2:18 PM CDT
Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints depart from the Tom Green County Courthouse.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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(Newser) – Texas officials today appealed yesterday’s ruling that the state acted incorrectly when it took custody of 460 FLDS children, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The ruling could have meant family reunions within weeks, but today's emergency filing means the children could remain in foster care pending state supreme court action.

The state's department of family and protective services argued that removing the children from state custody "would subject the children to continuing sexual and emotional abuse."