Arizona jail continuing to force-feed Jeffs

Arizona jail continuing to force-feed Jeffs

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Polygamous church leader Warren Jeffs is continuing to refuse solid foods and remains on a feeding tube.

Mohave County sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter says Jeffs ate a sandwich and an orange around 6 a.m. Wednesday, but then refused further nourishment.

Jail officials began force-feeding Jeffs, 53, on Friday after a period of fasting deteriorated his health so much that a doctor feared the church leader might die. The tube was removed Sunday, when it appeared Jeffs would eat, and reinserted Monday after he again skipped meals.

Head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jeffs is in the Kingman jail awaiting trials on criminal charges related to alleged underage marriages of sect girls.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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