Rangers quiz Barlow, let him go

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  • Matt in Tucson
    April 14, 2008 10:44 a.m.

    Funny how all the people wanting to tar and feather the FLDS have avoided this story. It seems they only want to deal with rumor and emotion -- not with the actual facts. If the FLDS were Black, Latino, or Muslim, the ACLU would have been all over this. However, they have remained cowardly and quiet.

  • steve
    April 13, 2008 4:11 p.m.

    In reading...it seems that some persons approve of pedophillia. I had not thought that about Mormons. Live and learn.

  • Dave
    April 13, 2008 1:59 p.m.

    Wait a minute. I thought you (Deseret News) told us this man was guilty? So, if they're not arresting him, what's the reason for 500+ people being taken out of their homes and separated from family?

    I've read your news articles and I've listened to Doug Wright, Enid Green, Mark Shurtliff on your sister station, KSL, tell me these people are guilty and need to be punished.

    So what's up?

    As ignorant as I am, I figured there was never a real call from within the community. This looked like (and does even more today) an attempt by the government to break up an unwanted community.

    I feel compassion for these people. It's good to see I'm not alone.

  • ???
    April 13, 2008 1:55 p.m.

    Seems that Texas CPS went on a witch-hunt. They certainly didn't do any investigating before going full bore. Phoneman is right, they can easily verify alot about those phone calls. Now they can only offer up PR to try and cover there behinds. Sure the FLDS are some different people and any kind of sex with someone under legal age is illegal and immoral. By blindly taking all these kids, will in the long run be a major mistake. These being the most devout, they not going to give the officals any info. Texas CPS had opened pandora's box and seems to be only furthering the strange religion of the FLDS.

  • Justice
    April 13, 2008 12:09 p.m.

    Mohave County Probation has an office in St George, UT that services the Arizona Strip - the area northwest of the Grand Canyon - which is Mohave County. Their main office is in Kingman but they have offices in Lake Havasu City, AZ; Bullhead City, AZ; and St George UT.

  • Phone man
    April 13, 2008 12:09 p.m.

    1. What number was the phone call made from ?
    2. Who owns that phone ?
    3. Can the carrier confirm that the phone calls actually happened from the compound ? (easy to confirm for them from their data)

  • Lilathe
    April 13, 2008 11:27 a.m.

    Susan -absolutely right. CPS in Texas is an agency out of control. If they can't find something they "spin it" to make it sound like there is something.
    I know of one family that had their door unlocked and a 7 year old neighbor child walked over and just walked into the house without knocking. The CPS worker could find nothing else to make a case on so she stated in her report the "children in the home were at risk of sexual molestation by a neighbor child because a neighbor child had access to them". The CPS official conventiently did NOT mention the child was 7 or that she was a perfectly well mannered little girl.
    All children in the house were older than the 7 year old.
    CPS spun that to sound like some "creepy teenager" neighborhood thug had access.

  • anonymous
    April 13, 2008 11:01 a.m.

    Huh? Why would the "Mojave County Probation Office" - for Mojave county, Arizona - be in St. George (Washington county), Utah? Wouldn't it be in Kingman, Arizona?

  • susan
    April 13, 2008 10:04 a.m.

    That's Texas CPS for you. They absolutely love their power and authority. They automatically assume that there is child abuse in every case they look into, and if there's nothing obvious, then they twist the facts until, in their minds, there IS abuse. Pretty scary people to have the kind of unsupervised power that they are allowed to use. We live in Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas.... like their egos.

  • steve wells
    April 13, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    Its begining to look like the only people who broke the law in the YFZ debacle were the ones charged with enforcing the law, the Texas Child Protective Services. The phone call to the Bew Bridge Family Shelter by "Sarah" is suspicious, and even if it is authentic, the caller allegely called back later and recanted what she had eaarlier reported. Now, like the weapons of mass destruction that were threatening us in Iraq. she can't be found. And the man she acccuses of abusing her apparently has not been in Texas for thirty years. Did someone with an axe to grind use the Child Protective Service to unleash a vendetta against the YFC ranch? It will be interesting to watch the rest of the story unfold. The Child protective Services may have a lot of explaining to do.

  • Lee
    April 13, 2008 8:40 a.m.

    I've commented on a couple of other articles on this subject that as long as the Texas Rangers can keep control of this investigation, you only need to pray for the kids and families. Once the feds stick their ugly heads into it, all hope is lost.

    Waco was NOT a Texas problem; it was a fed one!