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Monday, April 28, 2008

31 out of 53 teenage FLDS girls pregnant or already had babies

The pervasive pattern of underage marriages and teen pregnancies that originally gave Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) the grounds to remove 463 children from the Yearning For Zion Ranch in Texas, has just been highlighted with the news that out of 53 female teenagers among those children removed, 31 of them are pregnant or have already had children.

Despite all the rhetoric from the mothers about the children not being abused at the FLDS compound, this disturbing pattern shows massive abuse of underage girls that were "spiritually" married to older men and then sexually abused, on a consistent basis and with the mothers doing nothing to stop this abuse.

All 463 children have been placed in temporary foster care, most at large facilities to keep as many of them together as possible.

Given these latest numbers about the child abuse that ran rampant at the ranch, the likelihood of those children being returned to that home, is dwindling as more news and tests come out.

From the raid to the initial 2 day hearing that came afterward, in which Judge Barbara Walthers gave the state 60 days temporary custody and ordered DNA testing off all the children and some adults (some adults did not provide samples for testing), we have reported on this.

All previous posts are listed below for those that are just catching up with this news.

FLDS Children Moved, Samples Sent, Senate Leader Speaks and FLDS Men On The Run?

Accommodations and Education For The FLDS Children- Women and Children Being Moved

More FLDS Children In Texas State Care Than Thought, Some Canadian Children

As DNA Testing Begins For FLDS Members, Questions of Lineage, Disease, and Law Arise

Polygamist Group, FLDS Children To Be Placed In Foster Homes This Week

Judge Orders Polygamist, FLDS Children To Stay in Texas State Custody

Update On The FLDS Custody Hearing Regarding the Children of the YFZ Ranch- Day Two Begins--All Day Updates

Custody Hearing for the Children of the Polygamist FLDS Sect Starts

The Forgotten Children of the FLDS Polygamist Group, The Lost Boys

The Children From the Polygamist YFZ Ranch

Update on Polygamist Compound Raid-Documents Unsealed And Beds In The Temple

Documents Detail Abuse at YFZ Ranch

Now 400 Children In Custody from Polygamist Compound- Updated, Second Person Arrested

Standoff at Polygamist Compound-Updated

Children Removed from Warren Jeff's Polygamist Retreat in Texas

Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeffs Found Guilty In Utah