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Sect mother of newborn not a minor, Texas concedes

Sect mother of newborn not a minor, Texas concedes

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SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) -- Texas officials say a woman who recently gave birth and belongs to a polygamous sect is an adult, not a minor.

The woman has been held with girls since more than 400 children were moved from the sect's ranch to shelters across the state.

She gave birth to a boy April 29. A state attorney told Judge Barbara Walther on Tuesday that the mother is not a minor.

The San Angelo Standard Times says Texas will continue to seek custody of the newborn. The baby was the first born to a sect member in custody. A second baby was born Monday.

More than two dozen females held in state custody claim they are adults.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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