Judge Continues Suspension of John Kingston's Visitation Rights

Judge Continues Suspension of John Kingston's Visitation Rights

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A prominent polygamist was in court today hoping to regain the right to visit nine of his children.

Eight of John Daniel Kingston's children were taken into state custody in October. The children were removed following allegations of abuse and neglect.

His visitation rights were later taken away. A case worker reported the children's anxiety increased considerably after Kingston's visits.

Today, a judge ruled Kingston WON'T regain visitation rights until the children's therapist reports their progress.

Kingston has eleven children with Heidi Mattingly. The couple's youngest child is in the mother's custody. The case against the couple began when the judge ruled two of their teenage girls were abused last year.

Earlier this month, a judge ordered Mattingly to undergo more counseling if she wants to regain custody of the children.

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

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