Jeffs' Bride, 14, Ordered Into Foster Care

Parents let daughter marry sect leader at 12, authorities charge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2008 5:44 AM CDT
Jeffs' Bride, 14, Ordered Into Foster Care
In this artist sketch, the girl's mother, Barbara Jessop, front, along with her attorney are shown before State District Judge Barbara Walther in an earlier hearing in Texas.   (AP Photo/Brigitte Woosley)

(Newser) – A Texas judge has ordered a 14-year-old girl allegedly married to polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs at age 12 back into state custody, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The judge said the parents of the girl, who was first taken into custody when the sect's compound was raided in April, had approved the marriage and refused to protect her in the future. The girl's father has six wives. Six other children will remain in the household. (Read more Warren Jeffs stories.)

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