52 Girls from Ages 6 months to 17 years Removed from From Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeff’s Compound After Alleged Abuse


52 girls ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years old have been removed from a West Texas religious compound built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. Warren Jeffs was previously convicted of rape-related charges for marrying off a 14-year-old girl.

In November, Jeffs was sentenced to two consecutive sentences of five years to life in prison in Utah. He was convicted of being an accomplice to the rape of the 14-year-old, who wed her cousin in an arranged marriage in 2001. (USA Today)


This aerial view shows the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound under construction near Eldorado, Texas, in this March 2, 2005 file photo.

The investigation into the religious retreat began with a call Monday alleging physical abuse of a 16-year-old girl living there. There is a special place in hell reserved for those that shield such heinous acts against children under the veil of religion. 


Caseworkers went to the ranch on Friday afternoon after receiving a complaint. They took 52 girls, ranging from six months to 17 years, out on buses.

After talking to them, they placed 18 of the girls in state custody.


Officials escort two buses, April 4, 2008 from the retreat built by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, located near El Dorado, Texas. Child welfare officials and state troopers removed at least one busload of children from the secretive West Texas religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs following a complaint to state authorities. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Child Welfare Officials Remove Girls From Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeff’s Compound

Child welfare officials are scrambling to find foster homes for dozens of girls removed from a secretive West Texas religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs after a 16-year-old living there complained of physical abuse.

Officials from Texas Child Protective Services, escorted by state troopers, took 52 girls, ages 6 months to 17 years, from the remote retreat on Friday afternoon.

By the end of the day, 18 were put legally into state custody, and CPS spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said interviews would continue Saturday. A warrant has been issued for at least one individual.

The girls put in state custody were believed to be in danger, Meisner said. “Those are the ones we believe have been abused or they are in imminent risk of harm, and it would not be safe for those children to remain in the compound,” she said. (Fox News)

Busload Of Girls Leaves Polygamist Ranch: Police Remove Children From Fundamentalist Mormon Compound After Complaint Was Made

UPDATE I: Conflict Escalates at Polygamist Retreat

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) – Law enforcement manned a roadblock miles from a polygamist temple where sect leaders refused to let authorities enter to search for a teenager whose report of abuse initiated a raid on the West Texas compound.

Authorities provided no details early Sunday about the standoff.

Allison Palmer, a prosecutor in Tom Green County, told the San Angelo Standard-Times that medical workers were sent to the compound “in case this were to a go in a way that no one wants.” She had said authorities will forcibly remove the sect’s followers “as peaceably as possible” if no agreement could be reached.

UPDATE II: BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Authorities enter Eldorado-area temple

The incursion into the temple caps the three-day saga of the state’s Child Protective Services agency removing at least 183 women and children from the YFZ Ranch since Friday afternoon. Eighteen girls have been placed in state custody since a 16-year-old told authorities she was married to a 50-year-old man and had given birth to his child.

Saturday evening, ambulances were brought in, said Allison Palmer, who as first assistant 51st District attorney, would prosecute any felony crimes uncovered as part of the investigation inside the compound.

“In preparing for entry to the temple, law enforcement is preparing for the worst,” Palmer said Saturday evening. They want to have “medical personnel on hand in case this were to go in a way that no one wants.”

UPDATE III: Search Continues at Polygamist Compound to determine whether they had the 16-year-old girl whose report of an underage marriage

UPDATE IV:  More than 400 children, mostly girls Taken From Polygamist Compound

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) – More than 400 children, mostly girls in pioneer dresses, were swept into state custody from a polygamist sect in what authorities described Monday as the largest child-welfare operation in Texas history.

The dayslong raid on the sprawling compound built by now-jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs was sparked by a 16-year-old girl’s call to authorities that she was being abused and that girls as young as 14 and 15 were being forced into marriages with much older men.

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  • Comments

    16 Responses to “52 Girls from Ages 6 months to 17 years Removed from From Polygamist Sect Leader Warren Jeff’s Compound After Alleged Abuse”

    1. buster on April 5th, 2008 2:38 pm

      Just goes to show you there are vandersloots everywhere

    2. West Coastian on April 5th, 2008 4:26 pm

      Talk about sexual slavery going on in foreign countries. It’s happening in American under the guise of religion.

    3. Cindy Cantrell on April 5th, 2008 5:11 pm

      What’s even worse than having to marry so young is having to marry a relative they’ve basically grown up around and know very well. It’s one thing to marry someone they barely know, but to purposely marry them off to a much older relative, that’s incestuous from the word “go.”
      Where do they think that was in the Bible–oh, I forgot, they have other books they use too…

    4. Gladys on April 5th, 2008 7:06 pm

      This is extremely sad. It is an absolute disgrace what women, and expecially young girls have been subjected to. This had gone on for years, and they are just now starting to crack down on it. And this is just Texas. What’s going on in Utah? Does Warren Jeff and his people have that much power?

    5. mullah cimoc on April 5th, 2008 7:34 pm

      mullah cimoc say this to showing ameriki just the satanic.

      like the village it vietnam: we must to destroying it just to be save it.

      hypocrite beast claim to be the free but just the serve devil.

      benjamin frankling be so ashame if to see this destroy family, only love lesbian and to killing abortion so many him ameriki baby just to poking the head for suck dry it brain meat. this ameriki him love. but then claim to protecting it children.

    6. Allan on April 5th, 2008 8:52 pm

      Was Mullah on crack or can somebody translate for me?

    7. txchic on April 5th, 2008 9:01 pm

      well this is a start but what about all the muslim immigrants in the u.s. who still practice under-aged, arranged marriage? is it okay to round up christ-based religions that practice this form of slavery but allow it in the muslim religion?

      all political correctness gone amuck. the laws should have been set & enforced to begin with. the government has been aware of this for decades & has done NOTHING. it’s disgraceful!!! i’ve heard of muslim girls being married off as young as 12 in nebraska.

    8. Holden A. Grudge on April 5th, 2008 9:27 pm

      Curious question… I would bet a million bucks Warren Jeff has relatives in Lancaster, PA…

    9. Holden A. Grudge on April 5th, 2008 9:28 pm

      Does anyone know if that is true?

    10. txchic on April 5th, 2008 11:04 pm

      i thought lancaster was amish country, not mormon country.

    11. MedullaPancreas on April 6th, 2008 4:20 am

      Once again the almighty state breaks up another family because they can’t tax another stay-home mom.

      In this case multiple stay-home moms. Which adds up to a lot of tribute for the IRS and The Fed once these moms are given state jobs and taxed on their slave wages. Why else does the government engage in affairs of the heart? What business does government have regulating the choices made between two consenting adults? Why are there even polygamy laws in this country? It’s nobody’s business what other people choose. I assure you its not to protect anyone, least of all the children.

      Make no mistake about it, this was a hostile takeover, not a rescue operation.

      We need an independent and public review; of any allegations of abuse; and situations leading up to this raid; before any deliberation can be made in the court of public opinion, much less a court of law. We don’t want another Ruby Ridge and Branch Davidian fiasco spoon-fed to the American people as another job well done, by the spin meisters, covering up their own criminal misconduct.

      It is well known that local and federal law enforcement have place their own distress calls just before embarking on illegal raids, so they’d have legal cover, from which to conduct what would otherwise be a warrantless and illegitimate undertaking. They don’t need a warrant if there is a distress call made. If you are being killed in your home the police don’t need a warrant to come save you. So what do they do to forgo a warrant? Place a distress call to themselves and use that in a court of law as cover for any illegal misconduct. It’s a known dirty trick employed by law enforcement and written about in several books by former cops.

      Hell, till this day people still think the Branch Davidians set themselves on fire at WACO – that they chose to “kill themselves rather than be taken alive.” This purveying popular misconception, held by the majority of Americans till this day, is false and in stark contrast to evidence presented at the hearings tasked with investigating what happened at Waco that fateful day. Heck, even evidence NOT presented implicates the FBI in a cover up: the comity is still waiting to be furnish with evidence that would support disputed testimony given by ATF agents of shots being fired on their position just before they were forced to to raid the Branch Davidian ranch; namely the front door with all the bullet holes, reputed to have both entrance as well as exit bullet holes from the Branch Davidians shooting through the door at ATF agents casually hanging around outside. (The documentary “WACO: The Rules of Engagement” does a thorough investigation of what is freely available to anybody willing to research this for themselves.)

      Also, I couldn’t help but notice similar language, that was once fed to the media by the FBI back in 1993; in order to militarize a non military situation at Waco, being recycled today. News organizations seem content with regurgitating the government line rather than doing any real investigative journalism. Words like “property” or “ranch” are suddenly converted into “compound” by the our rhetorical masters of deception in order to gain tacit approval, from the viewing public, for heavy handed government.

      Vilify someone as a pedophilia and people seem not to care if he actually guilty of these charges – they just want his head run over with a tank tred. Justice… served?


    12. Just Bearly on April 6th, 2008 6:19 am

      I just read yesterday there is a loophole in the Muslim religion that allows for temporary marriage, and it was stated that the young adult teens in Iran often take advantage of the law.

      IMO Warren Jeffs sect is a cult, not a religion. I assume that legally, Five-O can not go in and bust these compounds unless they have something solid to go on. Its always seemed so odd that these people would not be free to come and go in the first place, as if forced to be followers of this cult or mormon sect, and way of thinking. I am happy for their freedom outside their compound.

    13. Richard on April 6th, 2008 7:57 am

      Last I read, the situation was heating up … the authorities were making veiled comments about the strong possibility of an assault being necessary.

      I hope that it doesn’t get to that stage.

      In any case, I think it was the Durants who delivered this quote: “The one thing we learn from history is that we cannot learn from history.”

    14. txchic on April 6th, 2008 6:51 pm

      to #11… do some research on this cult. they’ve grown up learning how to abuse our welfare system. most men aren’t able to support the # of children they’re fathering (& i use the term lightly).

      usually the 1st marriage is a legal one under the law. the other “wives” are only seen as such in the eyes of their church. they then collect welfare for all those children. they had a huge problem with this in colorado city. texas stated that they wouldn’t be having any of this when the church decided to locate this compound here.

      i have no problem with consenting ADULTS doing whatever on their own nickel. this isn’t a case of big government ripping apart families. it’s a case of the government tired of supporting the offspring of pervs who resort to forced & unlawful marriage with under aged girls.

    15. Happy_Go_Lucky on April 9th, 2008 9:10 pm

      #7 and everyone else- warren jeff’s group is not christian-based or christian or anything close. when the ‘church’ broke apart from the ‘mormon church’ they used the name Jesus Christ when they meant to say Satan. anyone who thinks that is just an opinion, look at what has been going on. NONE of what they do is what Christ (the one ‘Christians are supposed to be following) requires, asks, hints at, nothing. Not even close. I am so sorry for all of these young victims, and the older men..they should know God is a just God, adn they will be held accountable.

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