Timeline of raid on FLDS-owned YFZ Ranch

Published: Friday, May 23 2008 12:02 a.m. MDT

April 18: Walther rules that all 416 children are to remain in custody of state. Search begins for foster homes. Some mothers say they will drop lifestyle to retain children. Judge promises individual hearings for each child before June 5. After a search of her home, Colorado Springs officials say Rozita Swinton is a "person of interest" in the phone calls that set off the raid.

April 19: Texas officials say they will try to keep siblings and teenage mothers and their children together as placements are made and promise sensitivity to particular needs of the FLDS. State and federal prosecutors asked to screen evidence taken in search of Swinton's home.

April 20: FLDS lawyers say they will aggressively challenge court's decision.Collection of DNA samples to try to match parents with children begins.

April 21: Tally of children in custody rises to 437, with speculation the count still could change. Judge suggests LDS might supervise prayer gatherings of the FLDS to ensure mothers don't use time to indoctrinate children. Utah's Family Support Center says raid more harmful than helpful. FLDS mothers appeal to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. No meetings planned.

April 22: Up to 100 children are moved from San Angelo Coliseum as placement in foster care begins. Lawyers for FLDS claim many civil rights violations.

April 24: Distribution of children from San Angelo to foster care sites throughout Texas continues. Count of children in custody rises to 462. Salt Lakers protest Texas raid in demonstration outside EnergySolutions Aarena.

April 25: Texas 3rd Court of Appeals refuses to hear plea of 45 FLDS women to bar "scattering of children." Busing of children to foster care sites continues.

April 26: The last of the children leave the San Angelo area for foster care.

April 27: Two FLDS boys are reported "unaccounted for." Texas authorities express frustration with slow process of sorting through 1,000 boxes of items removed from FLDS ranch. Attorneys for the sect are stymied by the lack of progress in their ability to begin court actions protesting the raid.

April 28: Texas officials say more than half of the teenage girls removed from the ranch have children or are pregnan

April 29: FLDS lawyers take first steps to sue Texas in federal court for lack of due process in the raid and its aftermath. Utah Attorney GeneraL Mark Shurtleff and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., square off on differences regarding polygamy issues. The Nevadan says Utah and Arizona have been lax in prosecuting polygamy, approves of Texas raid. After discussion, the two agree to work together on issues. Reid later announced appointment of a Justice Department prosecutor to review federal role in helping state, local law enforcement efforts against polygamy.

April 30: Texas' top child welfare official tells a Texas Senate committee 41 of the FLDS children taken in the raid had historic evidence of broken bones, but an FLDS attorney says the report is part of the state's attack on the religion.

May 1: Group of FLDS mothers petition Texas 3rd Court of Appeals to reverse Walther's decision to remove children from ranch.

May 2: Texas Department of Public Safety acknowledges warrant against Dale Barlow has been dropped. Texas authorities issue "cultural awareness guide" to help social workers deal with FLDS children.

May 5: FLDS leader asks in a letter that Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. intervene. After review, governor says Utah will look only at cases involving Utah children. Utah child welfare authorities ask FLDS for a list of such children.

May 6: LDS Church rebuts article on New York Times Web site making "invalid" comparisons of early LDS polygamy and FLDS practices.

May 7: ACLU expresses concerns regarding Texas handling of the raid.

May 8: Texas officials begin drafting "family service plans" for children.

May 9: Utah and Arizona attorneys general speak in St. George meeting, supporting Texas raid but stating such an approach would not be used in their states.

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