Kingston's Son Removed from Facility After Escape

Kingston's Son Removed from Facility After Escape

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The teenage son of a prominent polygamist is being removed from the treatment center he fled last weekend.

The 15-year-old child of John Daniel Kingston and Heidi Mattingly says he fled the facility because he was being threatened by other teens in the center.

At a detention hearing this afternoon, a juvenile court judge removed him from the center and ordered an investigation into the child's allegations.

Judge Andrew Valdez commended the boy for going to his mother's home. He also lauded Mattingly for returning her son to authorities quickly.

The teen had been at Valley Mental Health's Adolescent Residential Treatment and Education Center since October. He was placed there when the state removed him and seven siblings from Mattingly's home amid allegations of abuse and neglect.

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

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