Texas takes 52 girls from polygamous sect's ranch

State officials removed 52 girls from a polygamous sect's compound in Schleicher County on Friday, a day after authorities blocked access to the secretive West Texas outpost in response to a report of child abuse, officials said.

The girls, ranging from 6 months to 17 years old, were put on buses at the YFZ Ranch outside Eldorado and driven north to San Angelo, where they were being housed at a civic center, Child Protective Services officials said.

Eighteen were taken into legal custody and will be placed in foster care, CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins said.

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