Children in polygamy case may be heading home by Tuesday

Children from a West Texas polygamist sect could be headed home as soon as Tuesday if a judge signs an agreement hammered out by lawyers Sunday.

More than 20 lawyers met for several hours Sunday afternoon in San Angelo to forge an agreement that would allow 430 children from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to reunite with their parents and return to the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado this week. They plan to present the agreement to state District Judge Barbara Walther today.

"If she signs the order that we worked on [Sunday], it provides for the kids to start being picked up 24 hours after she signs it," said Dallas attorney Laura Shockley, who attended the meeting.

"I’m hopeful that she’s going to sign it, but I was hopeful on Friday, too," said Shockley, who represents three adults and three children from the sect.

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