- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 12, 2008

A “cyanide poisoning document” was found during the weeklong search of the West Texas polygamous compound, according to records released yesterday.

But no details about plans to use the cyanide were uncovered, and Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said she had no further details.

The document was one of the items listed on more than 80 pages detailing the materials removed from the YFZ Ranch in Eldorado, Texas, home of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The list also included photographs, medical files and school records with the name of the 16-year-old girl who triggered the raid with her frantic March 29 phone call to a family violence shelter.

Her name, however, is the same as that of several other girls living at the 1,700-acre compound.

The girl called to report that she had been forced at age 15 to marry a 49-year-old man, and that he had beaten and raped her. She also said she was pregnant and had an 8-month-old baby with him.

While 416 children have been removed from the compound in the past week, authorities are still uncertain as to whether the girl is among them.

Other items removed from the compound include a video from a birthing room, cell phones, cameras, family albums, handwritten notes, computers, clothing, copies of the Book of Mormon, birth records and business journals, according to the list.

District Court Judge Barbara Walther has ordered that the items be reviewed by a yet-to-be-named special master, who will decide which documents are protected by the attorney-client or clergy-parishioner privilege.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) said that the hundreds of children taken from the ranch will remain in facilities in nearby San Angelo, Texas, until their April 17 status hearing.

The children are accompanied by 139 women, presumably their mothers and other relatives, who elected to accompany the children and are free to leave at any time, said officials.

“We’re providing a clean, cool, safe environment for our guests, and that’s what I consider them, our guests,” said Kevin Dinnin, incident commander for the department’s sheltering operation.

The Deseret Morning News reported yesterday that three women who were gone from the ranch during the raid have not been allowed to see their children.

Marleigh Meisner, a DFPS spokeswoman, said no other “alleged mothers” would be allowed to visit with the children until child-welfare workers identify their mothers.

“It is difficult to determine who these mothers are, the ones who are here and ones who may not be,” she said. “We are not going to permit any alleged mothers in.”

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