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FLDS families file legal motions

FLDS families file legal motions



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(KSL News) Motions are being filed by several FLDS families who claim their children were taken away from them by Texas officials with no just cause.

One of the motions filed involves a woman who gave birth in state custody on Monday. Her husband says she is an adult only being kept because of her newborn. A hearing on the matter is scheduled for tomorrow.

Other filings involve people who are "disputed minors" or people FLDS lawyers claim are adults, but who the state say are under the age of 18.

Hearings on those filings are expected to be held next week.

Since the April raid at the Yearning for Zion Ranch, two FLDS women have given birth in state custody. One of them says she is not being held in conditions suitable for raising a child.

"We just have a mattress on the floor. The living environment is quite dirty," she said.

When asked to confirm that she's sleeping on a mattress on the floor, she said, "Yes. It's not really a mattress. It's more like a foamy."

The state of Texas has conceded that Pamela Jeffs Jessop was over the age of 18 when she gave birth last month. However, her newborn is now in the custody of the state. That means if she leaves, she must leave the child behind.

"It was yesterday they decided that I was 22 and that I could go, but that I would have to leave my little baby. I couldn't leave my baby," she said.

Texas officials say the accommodations where Jessop is being held are "comfortable."

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