Women, kids taken from polygamy retreat

April 5, 2008 7:34:06 PM PDT
Child welfare officials say they have removed nearly 200 women and children from a West Texas retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner says 137 children and 46 women are being housed Saturday and interviewed. That's including the 52 girls removed the day before.

The investigation began after a 16-year-old living there complained of physical abuse.

A search warrant authorized troopers to look for evidence of a marriage between the girl and a 50-year-old man. The search warrant said the girl had a baby when she was 15.


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