Mattingly Upset with How Slowly Her Children are Being Returned

Mattingly Upset with How Slowly Her Children are Being Returned

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Confusion about a reunification calendar is prolonging the reunion of Heidi Mattingly with the children she has with polygamist John Daniel Kingston.

A juvenile court judge ruled in April that it would be safe to reunite Mattingly with eight of the eleven children she has with Kingston.

The children were removed from the home in October, when the judge ruled the couple were being uncooperative in an investigation into child abuse and neglect in the home.

Mattingly says a calendar agreed upon by therapists in April is not being adhered to. She was expecting all the children to be living with her by Friday.

A spokeswoman for the Division of Child and Family Services says the reunification is being driven by the therapists recommendations. She says no one is trying to slow the process down.

A hearing to review the case is scheduled for June 28th.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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