May 25, 2008
On April 4, 2008, a caravan of Texas State vehicles, Child Protective
Service case workers and buses from the El Dorado Baptist Church circled
their way toward the community of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints
in El Dorado, Texas. Their mission was to remove all the children, over
460 of them, into protective state custody based on a single, anonymous
female caller that said young girls were being forced to marry much
The State Police blocked all roads into the multi-acre community. With
possible advanced warning, the adults in the community were in the church
and the children were playing peacefully outside when authorities arrived.
The children, with bags and suitcases of clothing and teddy bears boarded
the Baptist Church buses with many of the women, who would not leave
A call to the Baptist Church by this author found that the church gave
them the buses “because they needed them” and it “is
in God’s hands.” When asked if anyone else had called the church
about the improper use of the buses by the state, the woman stated,
“No, no one else called.” But this author knew there had been
at least one caller before her because that was how she got their phone
number and knew the woman would answer the phone. The pastor was not
The anonymous female black caller who placed the 911 call about the
community had previously placed other crank calls. Her name is Rozita
E. Swinton and she is listed on www.peakdems.org/Obama_state_del.asp
as an Obama delegate. She lives in Colorado but as yet authorities state
she cannot be found.
An outraged American society, suspicious of such a raid on a peaceful
community, conjured up remembrances of Waco, Texas and Ruby Ridge. Those
living around the community were not so kind. They spoke on YouTube
videos concerning the raid as justice for a sexually perverted group
of people and seethe with opinions about the rape and child abuses that
must have been going on in this quiet community.
On the Rita Cosby show about a week later, an authority on the raid
stated that what was going on in the community was ‘like a Third World.’
When Rita asked what he meant, he stated, “They make their own
clothes” and “they dumpster dive.”
The Patriot Dames immediately put up a video on YouTube on April 8,
2008 denouncing the raid as being without probable cause and not following
proper procedures. The Patriot Dames, as the SubieSisters, put up two
more videos about the raid with live footage filmed from the television
set. Over eight thousand people visited the site, most stating the raid
was illegal and biased against a religious sect.
Little by little, the truth was coming out. The State Police found the
anonymous caller weeks later and identified her after a caseworker became
suspicious of the caller changing her story and her name several times.
Still, the children remained in a 40 by 100 foot brick compound with
only one bathroom.
The Court decided in early May that the children would be put in foster
homes throughout Texas and they were. The innocent parents of these
children could do nothing but watch, plead and cry for the safe return
of their families.
There was not much coverage on the news networks about this tragedy
except to prejudge this religious sect as being perverted. This farming
community, with pristine homes and yards, orderly farms, beautiful white
church and modern wood community house would have been an example of
the American way under different circumstances. Instead, the Fundamentalist
Latter Day Saints were made to look like perverts whose only purpose
was to marry off young girls in arranged marriages to old men.
Finally, on May 22, 2008, through grimaced teeth, CNN and Fox news casters
had to announce that the state appeals court said, “…that authorities
had no right to seize more than 440 children in a raid on the splinter
group’s ranch in western Texas last month.” Although the children
are to be returned, authorities, especially Child Protective Services,
are making it difficult for the parents to barter the safe return of
their children through hearings by five judges in San Angelo on what
the parents must do to regain custody. Those hearings, which began Monday,
were suspended after the ruling May 22.
The children’s salvation throughout this terrible ordeal of being ripped
away from the only mothers they had ever known was a Legal Aid attorney
for some of the parents. Julie Balovich stated, “It’s a great day
for Texas justice. This was the right decision.” And indeed it
was but it did not have to come six weeks later. This raid should never
have happened in the first place based on a single anonymous caller.
A proper investigation should have been conducted but it appears the
Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints were put into the same category as
Waco and Rudy Ridge, a ’secretive’ group that must have been anti-government
and had weapons. The content of the search warrants have never been
Child Protective Services is out of control. They have far too much
power and authority and there have been numerous incidents of ‘child
stealing’ made by distraught parents over the years. A visit to YouTube
will document this anguish.
The children eventually will be returned but will not be the same carefree,
secure and happy children they once were. They will have been exposed
to Fluoride in the water, pizza, chemicals in the food, television,
video games, pollution and disease. The court ordered that their DNA
be taken from the children. They may have behavioral problems and trouble
sleeping and the worse….future visits from Child Protective Services.