SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) _ Child welfare officials and state troopers were standing guard outside a maternity ward in Texas where a teenage member of a polygamist sect was giving birth.

Church spokesman Rod Parker says the girl was admitted to the Central Texas Medical Center and was in labor.

State officials raided the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' Yearning For Zion Ranch in Eldorado on April 3. They took custody of 463 children on the belief that the sect's practice of underage and polygamous spiritual marriages put the children at risk of physical and sexual abuse. The children are now scattered in foster-care facilities around the state.

It was unclear what would happen to the baby or its mother, who is also a ward of the state.

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