Judge Sends Kids Back to Polygamist Parents

They must remain in Texas, take classes and steer clear of investigators
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2008 10:45 AM CDT
Dan Jessop and his wife Louisa Bradshaw share a short moment together Friday, May 23, 2008 after a custody hearing on their newborn son.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Texas judge ordered more than 400 children returned to their polygamist parents today, the AP reports. Parents could begin picking up their children at 10 this morning, but were ordered not to leave the state or interfere with ongoing child-abuse investigations.

The ruling comes just days after the Texas Supreme Court said the state had overstepped its bounds by taking the children in its raid on the polygamist ranch. Federal laws require an effort be made to keep children with their parents.