Kids from Polygamous Sect Remain in State Custody More than 400 children remain in the care of the state after reports of child sexual abuse prompted a raid on a Texas polygamist compound. Authorities maintain that they are protecting the kids, but families argue there was no evidence of abuse. Guests and callers weigh in on what's best for the children.
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Kids from Polygamous Sect Remain in State Custody

Kids from Polygamous Sect Remain in State Custody

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More than 400 children remain in the care of the state after reports of child sexual abuse prompted a raid on a Texas polygamist compound. Authorities maintain that they are protecting the kids, but families argue there was no evidence of abuse. Guests and callers weigh in on what's best for the children.

Guests:

Howard Berkes, NPR rural affairs correspondent

Rodney Parker, attorney based in Salt Lake City, Utah; spokesman for the families whose children are in state custody

John Sampson, professor of law at the University of Texas; teaches the Children's Rights Clinic, which provides legal representation for abused and neglected children in Travis County

Jack Downey, president and CEO of The Children's Shelter in San Antonio, Texas; caring for 22 children from the Eldorado compound