Polygamous-Sect Hearing in Texas Descends into Farce

A chaotic hearing resumes today in a state court in San Angelo, Texas on the fate of 416 children.
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San Angelo, Texas (AP) A chaotic hearing resumes today in a state court in San Angelo, Texas on the fate of 416 children.

Those children were taken from their parents in a raid on a west Texas polygamous sect two weeks ago. The state alleges that they were abused.

The hearing descended into farce yesterday, with hundreds of lawyers in two packed buildings shouting objections and the judge struggling to maintain order.

By evening, only three witnesses had testified, including state child welfare investigator Angie Voss. She says at least five girls who are younger than 18 are now pregnant or have children. She also says some women at the ranch may have had children when they were minors, some as young as 13.