Update: Women Of Texas Polygamist Retreat Speak Out Against State Officials

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Eldorado, Texas (AP) A woman from a polygamist sect in Texas says the way the group's members and their children are being treated makes it seem like “someone is trying to hurt” them.

Some mothers were separated from their children as part of an abuse investigation.

A woman who only identified herself as Paula says she doesn't understand how authorities could take the more than 400 children into protective custody.

A spokeswoman for the department of family and protective services says it's not the “normal practice to allow parents to accompany the child when an abuse allegation is made.”

Authorities swept the children from the ranch more than a week ago after allegations that young girls were forced to marry older men.

Some of the mothers at the sect are complaining that state officials misled them and began separating women and some of their children without warning.

Some women and children were taken to a coliseum. Those who were childless or had children under the age of 5 were allowed to return to the ranch.