Members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints file out of the Tom Green County Courthouse following the custody hearing in San Angelo, Texas on Friday, April 18, 2008. Presiding judge Barbara Walther ruled that all children remain in the custody of the state. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
San Angelo, Texas (AP) The parents of the more than 400 children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch are in a Texas court as part of an enormous custody case.
Hearings began Monday morning, with parents laying out their individual cases and finding out what they must do to regain custody.
Texas child welfare authorities have 463 children in foster care. They were taken amid allegations that members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were forcing underage girls into marriage and sex at the sect's compound
In Eldorado. FLDS members deny any abuse.
The massive case has stretched the legal and child welfare resources of the state, and the hearings were set for all five courtrooms in the Tom Green County Courthouse over the next three weeks.