The state of Texas entered the compound after receiving a phone call which required follow up. Yes, it looks like that phone call was bogus, but the state of Texas did not know that at the time, they were acting on “good faith”.
Child protective services works differently from standard lawful practices. If a call is made, making accusations of abuse or neglect, child protective services must follow up. That visit to the home by child protective services is to personally see if the charges stated during the phone call are real. You have the right to prevent them from entering your home, but that will be interpreted as reason for concern.
Have you even known someone who is going thru a nasty divorce? Sometimes bitter ex-'s will call the state just to harass the other ex-. The state knows this, but they must investigate every call.
Think about the rage we feel when we hear on the news that a child was abused or killed and child protective services did not protect that child. These children in the FLDS are CHILDREN and we have a moral and legal obligation to protect them.
Child protective services does not care about your religion. They care that the children are living in reasonable conditions, are eating regularly and are not being abused. Clearly, the trip into the compound provided enough evidence of abuse that the children, all the children, needed to be removed from their home. When one child is being abused (in this case pregnant and underage) the state does not take one abused child and leave others in the home, they must protect all the children.
If I am abusing my child, please protect my child from me,
I agree that this is a terrible time for the children and their parents. But the parents can fix most of this right away, just provide the information on the biological parents of these children. Legally the biological parents must be identified when dealing with child protective services. The biological parent have the right to present their side/information and fight for their children. Why lie about names and ages? I believe that the parents and leaders of this group are making a political and legal stand, and it is at the expense of their own children.
Why have these parents been uncooperative?
I would jump thru any hoops and walk over broken glass to protect my child, to get my child back, wouldn’t you?