I state again that I completely reject the heretical theology of the FLDS. However, the actions of the state of Texas, which were indefensible before, are now revealed to be absolutely dictatorial.
Get this: the raid in which the state of Texas used armored vehicles to forcibly take over 400 children away from their parents was based on a bogus call from a woman in another state.
A mobile phone number used to make calls that triggered a mass raid on a Texas polygamist compound has been traced to a woman in Colorado with a history of making allegedly false claims of abuse.
Earlier this month police descended in force on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, West Texas, after being told a 16-year-old girl had called a crisis centre from within the compound, alleging that her 50-year-old husband had raped and beaten her.
More than 400 children were seized from the ranch, run by fundamentalist breakaway Mormons, and remain in the care of authorities while claims of widespread abuse are investigated.
An arrest warrant affidavit has been made public showing the phone number used to make calls to the crisis centre, a Texas branch of the Phoenix-based Child Protection Project, was previously used by Rozita Swinton, of Colorado Springs.
According to the affidavit, Swinton, 33, is accused of posing as a teenager to make false reports in a February case in Colorado Springs unrelated to the Texas raid.
In this case, a woman calling herself “Jennifer” rang 911 from the same mobile number, claiming her father had locked her in her basement for days. She was arrested on April 16 in relation to this case and later released.
Swinton’s home was searched by a group of Colorado police accompanied by Texas officers but she has not been arrested or charged in relation to the polygamist compound calls.
Police have described her as a “person of interest” in the case and said the search turned up several items suggesting a link between Swinton and calls alleging abuse at compounds run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Swinton was previously arrested in Castle Rock, Colorado, in 2005 after she contacted an adoption center, claiming to be a 16-year-old name Jessica who was suicidal after giving birth.
Since the call was likely bogus, there are no grounds in the United States Constitution for the raid and the attendant mass kidnapping. The children should be returned to their families immediately.
That doesn’t appear likely. Following the case of the 11-year-old Colorado boy who was taken to the hospital by a SWAT team against his family’s wishes (and the Elian Gonzales kidnapping, to go back to the Clinton administration), we have a chilling pattern of government authorities in America who apparently believe they can justify almost anything “in the interest of the child”.