One would suspect that hostile forces surrounded mother and infant, if we're to gauge CPS protocols described in reports filed by Hill Country caseworkers. Plans to scoop up mother and baby and move them overnight to San Angelo seem particularly insane. (This was thwarted by a writ of habeas corpus filed on behalf of Louisa's [monogamous] husband Rulan Danial Jessop who is also the baby's father.) But who on earth would force a mother and child to travel across the state of Texas six hours after giving birth? Surely not those champions of child welfare—Child Protective Services!
I remember something about Herod's army chasing after Mary and the baby Jesus. You'd think that God-fearing Christians (as many in Texas claim to be) would think twice about violating the sacred connection between mother and child, especially at the hour of birth. But what seems to be transpiring in regard to the YFZ custody issue is a head-butting contest between dueling fundamentalist factions—the FLDS leaders and the Texas powers-that-be—with both parties determined to be right. Who is suffering? Why, the ones who always suffer when fundamentalist patriarchs pull off the gloves: the women, and most of all, the children.
I'd love to find a means to persuade these people to sit down and work out their differences for the sake of these children whose lives have been irrevocably traumatized. Can you think of a way this could happen?