On Tuseday, a legislative hearing in Austin discussed the raid on the Yearning For Zion Ranch that happened just over a year ago in West Texas.
"Given the extraordinary circumstances, I don't believe the action taken was imprudent."
That was Child Protective Service's response to what went wrong during the 2008 raid on the YFZ Ranch. CPS said it had no choice but to take the more than 400 children away from their families.
"If we could have surgically removed from the compound only those most victimized children, we certainly would have done so," said Anne Heilingenstein, commissioner of the Department of Family Public Services. "But we didn't have that choice. We were facing the aspect of organized deception."