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Jeffs wife who fled polygamist sect safe with family

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a woman who fled a polygamous community run by jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs is now safe with family.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Authorities say a woman who fled a polygamous community run by jailed sect leader Warren Jeffs is now safe with family.

Washington County Attorney Brock Belnap says the 25-year-old woman left protective custody over the weekend. He declined to say whether she returned to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' twin towns of Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah.

The woman fled her home in Colorado City earlier this month, and sought police protection. It remains unclear what led to the incident but Belnap says no charges will be filed.

Media outlets including The Salt Lake Tribune have reported the woman was one of Jeffs' nearly 70 wives. He is serving a life sentence in Texas after his August conviction on child sex abuse charges.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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