Sect Teen Gives Birth

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San Marcos, Texas (AP) Child welfare officials in Texas have yet another child to place, this one a healthy boy born Tuesday.

Officials will only say that the mother, also doing well, is “younger than 18.” she will remain with her new son in a foster-care facility until a formal custody hearing will determine the pair's fate sometime before June 5th.

The teen's mother was present for the birth, but it's not clear who alerted her that her daughter was in labor.

Rod Parker, a spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a renegade Mormon sect, contends the girl is 18. State officials have the girl on a list of minors taken into state custody.

State officials raided the FLDS's Yearning For Zion ranch in Eldorado on April 3rd. They took custody of 463 children on the belief that the sect's practice of underage and polygamous spiritual marriages endangered the children