A spokeswoman for the Department of Family and Protective Services, Marleigh Meisner, said the investigation into possible sexual abuse would continue. The judge in the case also imposed a lengthy list of caveats pending the conclusion of the investigation, including surprise home visits by caseworkers, possible psychiatric evaluations of the children and a ban on travel outside Texas.
Confusion has been a constant in the case, ever since state officials took action on April 3 — prompted, they said, by a call to an abuse hotline from a girl who said that she was 16 and that her 49-year-old husband was abusing her. The girl was never found or identified.
Two court rulings last month — including one from the state’s highest judicial panel — criticized the Department of Family and Protective Services, concluding that the seizure order had been too broad, and that a threat to the safety of all the children in the group’s compound, called the Yearning for Zion ranch, in Eldorado, could not be proved.
This is still, in my opinion, a civil rights issue and those rights were violated. This will most likely go down as the biggest faux pas, for lack of a better word, in civil rights history. But unfortunbately, it will probably NEVER be written in the history books in Texas. Why? IT IS TEXAS!