10 FLDS 'girls' in custody now deemed to be adults
By Lisa Sandberg and Terri Langford: Express-News
SAN ANGELO — Ten “girls” taken into custody by Texas Child Protective Services have convinced the agency they are really adults and more are expected to be similarly reclassified this week, weakening the agency's claim that dozens of underage girls were forced by a polygamist sect to have sex with older men.
“My client showed them the same documents they showed them from the beginning: a valid Arizona driver's license and a birth certificate,” Andrea Sloan said.
“CPS did not classify women as minors so that criminal investigators could interview them,” CPS' Crimmins said.
Barlow also told the judge that if the state doesn't return the children to his ex-wife, he was willing to move his current family to Texas to take care of them.
Leaving the courtroom, Seth Jeffs, who has 18 children, called the restrictions “not very pleasing,” but he said, “We'll do whatever it takes to get the children back.”