06/10/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Polygamist Sect's Children Ordered Released By Judge

A judge in Texas ordered more than 460 children seized in April from a polygamist sect to be released from state custody on Monday, while imposing conditions on their families that would allow officials to monitor the children's welfare.

Judge Barbara Walther of the State District court in San Angelo issued the order following a contentious hearing on Friday that broke down when she left the courtroom as lawyers for the families, members of the Fundamentalist church of Later Day Saints, objected to her imposing conditions on the release of the children.

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