(Editor's note: This week's cover story comes courtesy of our sister paper, the Houston Press. Visit here for more stories by reporter Angelica Leicht.) BY ANGELICA LEICHT Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as ... More >>
For a full and detailed account of what Christina and Trevor Tutt have experienced over the past four months -- a run-in with CPS, the removal of their children by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, an ongoing legal fight to get them back -- read this. It's a one-sided narrativ ... More >>
The Internet tells us that Rita McShannon wears many hats. She's a small business owner, a real estate agent, an Oath Keeper, and a special investigator with Texas Child Protective Services. She's also, we learned yesterday, an unapologetic racist. Credit the Texas Observer's Forrest Wilder for cat ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, a bit more than a week after fairly high-ranking officials in the Russian government began lobbing allegations of unspeakable child abuse against a Texas couple, authorities have ruled the death of their adopted Russian son an accident. The Ector County sheriff's and district a ... More >>
In December Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a measure banning the adoption of Russian children to American families. The move was widely considered, and tacitly acknowledged as, a retaliation against a new U.S. law targeting accused Russian human rights abusers. Russian officials portrayed ... More >>
Perry and Tea Party make a blue Christmas for needy kids.
I'm having particular trouble this year with Toys for Tots. Put it on me for being a grinch. But, look. I see this big smarmy hoopla on the TV news every night with the weatherman and a bunch of shiny-eyed volunteers in North Face parkas handing out useless plastic Big Box crap for the poor ... More >>
Back in June, Michael Granberry wrote in The Dallas Morning News that "at one of those big office parks on International Parkway" in Carrollton, "a whole bunch of people got really mad" and stormed out of the taping of a television show. His 23-year-old son related the story to Granberry: Sac ... More >>
Associated Press Children were bused to the San Angelo Coliseum with their mothers after the April 3 raid. This morning's Deseret News has added up the numbers and come up with the figure: $12.4 million. That's what the April raid on the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado's going to wind up costing Texas taxpay ... More >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger
The Yearning for Zion Ranch just outside Eldorado This just in: Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services had no right to take the children from the mothers in the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado. In its ruling today, the justices wrote that the "r ... More >>
NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect entering a courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. In Texas they go in with guns, seize evidence and ask questions later. In Utah, they go in with the accountants. That’s one way to describe the two very different approaches Utah and Texas have taken to deal ... More >>
NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect troop into the courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. When I was down in San Angelo this week covering this story, which appears in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, lawyers representing members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day ... More >>
FLDS The state claims to have found evidence that 20 young girls living in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints compound in Eldorado became pregnant when they were between the ages of 13 and 16, which supports Texas’ allegations of a culture of systematic abuse that occ ... More >>
The Yearning for Zion Ranch just outside Eldorado In San Angelo this morning, under cloudy skies, dozens of polygamist parents are filing into court to argue for custody of their children. At the center of the storm is 51st District Judge Barbara Walther, who is presiding over the largest child cust ... More >>
When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn? Ask the Richardson police.
Dallas' own tribe of Oliver Twists can teach us much about the places they've been, and where we're all going
Despite new state and federal regulations, mentally ill Texans are still dying while being restrained by the very people they turn to for help
Or so say the proponents of 24-hour child care. The facts say otherwise.
A gun-toting fugitive gets a hand from Chuck Norris, while a father waits for help from anywhere
When Ron Carpenter's nanny got busted, his 3-year-old daughter did the time
The Krasniqis get legal clout from an unexpected quarter
Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents -or their religion?