Sect Members Say They Live 'Normal' Life on Polygamous Church Ranch

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Eldorado, Texas (AP) There will be a court hearing today in San Angelo, Texas, in one of the nation's largest child-custody cases ever.

The hearings will determine what happens to 416 children seized in the raid on a polygamist ranch earlier this month.

The hearing in San Angelo will decide whether they'll be placed in permanent state custody. Texas officials allege a pattern of abuse by adults, including marriages between young girls and older men.

Members of the polygamist sect say life in their west Texas commune was relatively normal. They hope that helps their case.

They deny children were abused.



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