Appeal Over US Sect Raid Ruling

May 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

US officials in Texas have appealed against a court ruling which said they had no right to seize 463 children from a polygamist sect last month.

Texan child welfare workers filed the appeal to the state's Supreme Court.

Thursday's ruling said the reasons given for the children's removal were "legally and factually insufficient".

In April, officials raided a compound of the sect, saying young girls were being forced into marriage and sex. The children were placed into foster care.

But the Texas Third Court of Appeals ruled that officials failed to demonstrate the children were in any immediate danger, which is the only legally allowable reason for taking children from their homes without court proceedings.