Kingston's Son Faces Hearing for Escaping From Treatment Center

Kingston's Son Faces Hearing for Escaping From Treatment Center

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Polygamist John Daniel Kingston's teenage son will face a juvenile detention hearing today after walking away from a treatment center on Saturday.

The 15-year-old boy turned up yesterday at the home of his mother, Heidi Mattingly Foster.

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 Foster's home.

Mattingly Foster said her son asked her to pass copies of letters he had written to the media.

In the letters, the boy said he fled the facility because he feared being physically attacked by another teen. He also said he was being pressured by state workers to renounce his parents.

The boy said he would return to A-R-T-E-C after getting the letters distributed.

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

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