So here's where we are:
Prank calls from a 33-year-old Colorado Springs woman may be linked to the raid at a West Texas polygamist compound, Colorado Springs police say.
Rozita Swinton was arrested at her home Wednesday evening on charges of false reporting in a local case, but Texas Rangers were present for the arrest, Colorado Springs police said Thursday night.
ABC News reported on its website Thursday that former Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints member Flora Jessop, who operates a rescue mission for teenage girls trying to escape the sect, told Texas authorities she had gotten calls from a girl claiming to be an abused member named Sarah.
A girl with that same name made the original calls for help to a San Angelo, Texas, hotline, sparking the raid in which 416 children were taken into protective custody.
Jessop told ABC News that the Texas Rangers directed her to record the calls and the Texas Rangers traced those calls to Colorado Springs.
Though announcing the Rangers' involvement, Colorado Springs police declined to elaborate on the Texas link, and records in Swinton's Colorado Springs case have been sealed by a judge. Colorado Springs police said Swinton's Wednesday arrest was on local charges involving calls in which she claimed to be an abused child being held in a basement.
No complaining victims exist and the original abuse allegations were fraudulent, pumped up in the media by anti-polygamist activists.
No pregnant girls were found at the YFZ Ranch who were under 16 (the legal marriage age in Texas, with parental consent).
The most troubling outstanding claim: A CPS investigator testified one FLDS woman "may" have given birth as young as 13, which of course also means she "may" not have done so. The same CPS investigator, Angie Voss, also testified yesterday that an FLDS woman told her "Sarah" does exist and does have a baby, something all FLDS sources deny, and which we now know is likely not true.
More than 400 kids have been removed from their homes at state expense as a result of this fraud, generating court proceedings that are presently descending into farce.
Can the Judge put a stop to this now, please? Identify any individual cases that can be actually proven (I doubt there are any; five pregnant girls between 16 and 19 does not an abuse case make) and send the rest of the group and their lawyers home with the thanks and apologies of the court.
Then the FLDSers can turn their attention to filing what will likely be a vastly lucrative federal Sec. 1983 claim for this massive violation of their constitutional and parental rights.
See all related Grits posts rounded up here. MORE: From Messenger and Advocate.
AND MORE: Quite a few people have been asking "Where is the Texas ACLU?" in the whole FLDS debacle. The group broke its silence for the first time today, issuing a press release, but only to announce they're "observing" the situation.
SEE ALSO, From the Salt Lake City Tribune, see this account of testimony by a Mormon expert on FLDS doctrine and marriage practices, who told the court today that "it's not part of FLDS doctrine or scripture that teenage girls marry and have sex with older men. ... 'It's a major distortion to say they should engage in adolescent sexual activity'"
UPDATE: Judge rules all 416 kids should stay with the state.