Families reuniting in Texas polygamy case

FORT WORTH — Two months after Child Protective Services launched the largest roundup of children in state history, the children of a West Texas polygamist sect were being reunited with their families after a judge in San Angelo rescinded the order that had placed them in foster care.

The action by state District Judge Barbara Walther was met by a chorus of praise from members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and came after lawyers for the sect and the state spent the weekend hashing out the terms that would send the estimated 430 children home.

"These have been some of the longest days of my life," said Jennetta Jessop, who arrived at the Catholic Charities facility in Fort Worth to pick up her 5-year-old son just before 4 p.m. "This is the happiest day of my life."

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