Most Reports Of Child Abuse In Polygamist Community Not Sexual

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona child-welfare officials are investigating a call from a 16-year-old girl alleging sexual abuse in the polygamist enclave of Colorado City.

The Arizona Republic says the call was similar to one in Texas that led officials there to raid a related polygamist compound and take more than 400 children into state custody.

The Republic says the calls came within a week of each other, both involved girls of the same age and similar allegations of abuse.

But neither girl's been found.

While the call in Texas led to a raid, Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says Arizona wouldn't respond the same way based on an unverified call.

Goddard says if they found the girl, they'd take her into custody and perhaps her siblings. But he says there's no way in Arizona law that they could "reach any further."
Information from: The Arizona Republic,

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