VANCOUVER (CBC) - Authorities had no right to seize hundreds of children from a west Texas polygamist ranch, an appeals court ruled on Thursday, saying the state's child welfare department did not prove the children were in immediate danger.
More than 400 children were removed from the compound, owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in April after a 16-year-old called an abuse hotline alleging that her husband, a 50-year-old member of the sect, beat and raped her. Authorities have yet to locate the girl and are investigating whether the call was a hoax.
A possible hoax? Child welfare didn't make sure of their facts before acting? BIIIIIIIIG Surprise.