Texas will hold polygamist sect's children for 60 days

A Texas state judge ruled Friday that the state will keep temporary custody of 416 children that were taken from a polygamous sect's West Texas compound after a child psychiatrist testified that the children at the YFZ Ranch live in a "destructive environment" that encourages the sexual assault of young girls.

Child psychiartrist Bruce Perry said it will be difficult to break the cycle because it is ingrained in the sect's culture.

The judge's ruling, which said the state will maintain custody of the children for 60 days, came after a second marathon day of testimony in what is being described as the largest child custody case ever heard in Texas.

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