Half of the mothers put in foster care as children by Texas child welfare authorities have now been declared adults.
Attorneys for Child Protective Services have been conceding, one by one, that many of the mothers authorities cited as evidence that the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints committed widespread sexual abuse of girls are actually adults.
They’ve admitted 15 of the 31 mothers are adults; one is actually 27.
Another girl listed as an underage mother is 14, but the state has conceded she is not pregnant or have a child.
CPS officials in April raided a ranch run by a polygamist sect in West Texas. Their contention that abuse was widespread led to the removal of more than 460 children from the ranch.