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REPORT: Two-Thirds Of Children On Polygamist Ranch Abused Or Neglected

Texas child welfare authorities conclude in a new report that nearly two-thirds of the families living at a polygamist group's ranch targeted in a high-profile raid last spring had children who were abused or neglected.

The Department of Family and Protective Services released the report to The Associated Press on Tuesday, saying 12 girls, ages 12 to 15, are believed to have been abused. Another 274 children were listed as neglected because the agency says the parents knew there was abuse in the household but did not move their children away.

Child welfare authorities conducted investigations into all the families of the 439 children taken from the ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in April.


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