Sect Leader's Daughter Still in State Custody

As other kids return home, 16-year-old remains in foster care

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 3, 2008 4:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – The hundreds of kids returned to their FLDS-member parents over the past 2 days did not include one high-profile child: the 16-year-old daughter of sect leader Warren Jeffs. The girl's lawyer pushed to keep her in state custody because she has been sexually abused by an adult sect member—not Jeffs—and the state was negotiating her release to her mother, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The terms under which the children were released included "no restrictions or provisions which take into account the immediate risk of her alleged perpetrator having access" to the girl, her lawyer said. Under a deal struck today, the girl will live in San Antonio with her mother and have no contact with the suspected abuser.

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is seen in this undated booking photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, in Arizona.
Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs is seen in this undated booking photo provided by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office, in Arizona.   (AP Photo)
Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.   (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)
Children from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Eldorado, Texas, play before some were released to their mothers on Monday, June 2, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas.
Children from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Eldorado, Texas, play before some were released to their mothers on Monday, June 2, 2008, in Fort Worth, Texas.   (AP Photo/D.J. Peters)
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