What a strange cult...
Authorities said Monday they have taken legal custody of 401 children who lived on an isolated West Texas polygamist retreat built by imprisoned "prophet" Warren Jeffs.
And some highlights from the story, in no particular order:
- On March 31, a 16-year-old called and reported physical and sexual abuse on the ranch, authorities said.She said she was married to a 50-year-old man. Authorities are looking for evidence the girl had a child at the age of 15.
- Jeffs was sentenced in November to two terms of 5 years to life for being an accomplice to the rape of a 14-year-old girl who said she was forced to marry her cousin.
- Barlow was sentenced to jail last year after pleading no contest to conspiracy to commit sexual conduct with a minor.
- Investigators said they believe more children will be found at the ranch, but Mange stopped short of saying they were being hidden.