Texas ranch case moves to Appeals Court

April 24, 2008 9:23:59 AM PDT
A Texas appeals court has agreed to hear arguments from dozens of female members of a polygamist sect whose children were seized in a raid earlier this month. The Third Court of Appeals has set a hearing for April 29.

The mothers want the court to allow them to remain in contact with their children while the children are in state custody.

Child welfare and law enforcement officials raided a ranch owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and took 437 children they believed might be victims of physical or sexual abuse.