April 18th, 2008
09:15 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 4/18/07

Anderson and Erica are blogging during the program tonight – but as you know you are the most important part of this post, so please watch and start posting at 10p ET.

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We’ll start posting comments to this blog at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET.

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  1. Brian Persaud

    God I hate the word "impregnated"...I think of cattle or something.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  2. Megan Dresslar

    Recceba and Lilibeth.....
    how are you guys doing? we have big snow!!!!!!!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  3. Jo Ann, Ohio

    Please tell me there isn't a chance this could all be thrown out if they determine that this really was a hoax and the search warrants were illegal.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Rebecca

    I believe these women are brainwashed but I also believe in the "motherly instinct", it must have been in them somewhere! Wow – DNA?? that'll be interesting ~

    April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  5. Bev

    They've never known any other way than the way they're kliving now. It would be very hard to expect them, especially the older woman to change and learn any other way of life.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  6. Anthony

    Hey Anderson, If a women in the FLDS couldn't have children what would happen to her?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  7. Chuck in Alabama

    So, what happens if some of these "parents" go to jail?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  8. Kathy R.

    It's being reported on other sites online that the woman suspected of making fradulent calls from Colorado Springs, Rozita Swinton, is an active member of the mainstream LDS Church in Colorado Springs (not FLDS), and also, coincidentally, a pledged Obama delegate. Whether or not either of these are relevant, they are interesting twists in the backstory of an already complicated news story.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm |
  9. Lilibeth

    Hello Megan and Rebecca, hello all bloggers, hello Anderson and Erica!

    Yeah! The state keeps custody of all the kids! I'm sure there's lots more work that needs to be done, but this is a great first step!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  10. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    They are going to have to decide each case on an individual basis for a determination of a permanent custody.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  11. Megan Dresslar

    lol! Michael!!
    you are so funny! I know you are so jealous! :p

    April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  12. AJ from Minneapolis

    Good evening AC, Erica, & fellow bloggers

    "I'm glad the children arent going back. Last time I checked fathers love their children just as well as the mothers on the outside world, the polygamist fathers are all cowards, their scared to step up to the plate, the just hide behind their coached wives"....

    April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  13. Carla Ontario Canada

    Hi AC & Erica, I hope we get to see Hillary seg tonight. I glad the court ordered to keep kids, it is just a mess. I am sure there are lots of couples who can't have kids that maybe could adopt them. The mothers need mental health help.

    Did anyone see Obama;s gestures the day after the debate, I think it was clearly un-Presidential.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm |
  14. Jolene

    Lively discussion here between Jami and Susan.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  15. MaryBeth

    I think some people will go back and some people won't. Like the doctor on Larry King said, that's just something we have to deal with. Not all of them want to be liberated, or thinkg they need to be liberated.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  16. Whitney in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

    MaryBeth, you're so right. There's no real record of any of these children. No birth certificates or other documents. It's good that they're doing DNA testing. It may even prove to what extent men are having children with multiple partners.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:07 pm |
  17. Tracey - Boston

    Stacy, Scranton, Pa

    Sorry about your situation. At least you can have a little normalcy by watching AC360!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  18. Rose from Southern Calif

    These childern are going to have to be tought again about the real world, sorry they have to learn it this way.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  19. Michael, NC

    I am jealous! I ski, and miss the snow from back home. It was 89 and sunny here by the pool today!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  20. Megan Dresslar

    I agree with you..... I love Anderson's gold tie! cool tie! 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  21. Brian Persaud

    DNA testing seems like the only way to sort it all out.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:06 pm |
  22. Jo Ann, Ohio

    So before they return the children to the parents they have to identify the abuser? How will they determine the abuser? Isn't the mother who turns her daughter over to an older man just as guilty of abuse as the man who takes the daughter in? This is quite a mess.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  23. Carol

    Erica and Anderson, hello from Mississippi. In the case of the 416 children, I have a suggestion and would love to learn if it is reasonable. The Mormons whom I know are very family-focused and wonderful parents. If these FLDS children and/or perhaps the Moms, I wonder if the mainstream LDS might step forward and provide assistance, housing, etc. and be appointed as guardians of the children to assure that they are no longer subject to the FLDS groups.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  24. Mrs. R.

    Good evening AC360 and bloggers,

    I appreciate if the women will do anything to get their children back, but how long would the changes last?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  25. Teresa, Kent, OH

    As a mother, I too would do anything to get my kids back if they were taken from me. But, then again, I would make sure I didn' t break any laws of the land to get my kids in a position to be taken away from me.

    Also, having children also ensures their place in heaven in part, doesn't it?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  26. Saera El Paso, TX

    wow, good news at last!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  27. Chuck in Alabama

    The ladies that were on air last week that had been children in the 1953 raid simpley went back to the fold. Do you think if the sect is forced to disband, it would really change anything?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  28. Jen in Mex.

    Hey Erica and Anderson and the whole staff at CNN. Thanks so much for this interactive forum. It makes all the news so much more REAL . Maybe something can be done to stop all this insanity if we are not just passive viewers.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  29. Lisa - Ft. Lauderdale

    They have to determine who the parents are to determine who has the legal right to litigate their fitness. Once. the parentage is determined – those individuals can pursue their legal rights to potentially regain custody of their children.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  30. Sarah, Atlanta GA

    Sounds like a great program tonite, Anderson.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  31. Rebecca

    Hello fellow bloggers, Anderson, Erica, Lilibeth & Megan! Happy Friday all !!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Bev

    Good evening Anderson & Erica.
    Boy, what a shock for all these young kids and the mothers. It had to be done but it must be horrible especially for kids that haven't a clue what's going on. Now they'll be giving them strange tests. It seems so unfair to them.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  33. Tracey - Boston

    I like Anderson's gold tie... It sparkles.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  34. MaryBeth

    This is so weird..it's like these kids don't exist...or just started existing on April 3. No record of their births on the compound? No birth certificates? No family bibles or some kind of chart of lineage?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  35. Jolene

    Hi everyone....

    So how will they get these mothers and children to do DNA testing if they refused to even talk? This is getting very interesting.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  36. Megan Dresslar

    Michael in NC,
    we have big snow in Seattle right now!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  37. stacy,scranton pa

    Good Evening All
    I am new to this blog right now i am sitting in an airport in some godforsaken country. For a flight back to the US.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:03 pm |
  38. Karen, Leesburg VA

    Here’s one for Jeffery Toobin to sort out:

    Since Warren Jeff’s can take a wife from one man and reassign them to another man, along with their children, is it not possible that the DNA testing could show that a woman is a child’s biological mother, but some of her children may have a different biological father–a father who could then also claim a legal right to custody?

    If such relationships were established, could the state of Texas then require the women to prove that they were both legally married and then legally divorced or face bigamy charges? What would the state do if the DNA tests indicated incest had taken place?

    Also when the women told CNN reporters they were married at a legal age, might they mean to the man they now consider to be their husband, but they might have had an earlier (under age) marriage? I doubt that anyone ever told these women that a half-truth is still a whole lie!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  39. Tracey - Boston

    It's Friday and Massachusetts has a three day Weekend!!!

    I'm glad the children will not go back.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  40. Whitney B in Canada

    Hey Erica and Anderson!
    I'm looking forward to hearing about the FLDS raid and court hearing. As sad as it is, I am glad the children cannot go back home. I want their lives to be as normal and healthy as possible.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  41. Sara, Oklahoma

    I really think that this custody hearing is a huge mess.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  42. EJ - Ohio

    Anderson is looking very nice tonight.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  43. Maureen T

    Hi Anderson, Erica and live bloggers! It's Friday and hasn't the weather been awesome!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    If the Texas FLDS is coming under the gun, why can't they go after all the FLDS sects in other States? It's obviously not just about one sixteen year old girl anymore. What about the children in other States?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  45. Michael, NC

    Whats up guys, looks like a lot of the same, with some good new developments. Hope everyone had a great SUNNY Friday.

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  46. Megan Dresslar

    Hello Anderson, Erica, and Bloggers, Lilibeth and Recceba!
    I am back tonight join AC360! 🙂 Thank God its Friday night!
    I am glad court keeps all 416 kids....... that is good news. they keep kids safe from FLDS. 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  47. Brian Persaud

    Looking forward to the show as always. Happy Friday bloggers! Can't wait to see the Hillary segment 🙂 Oh awesome Hill's gonna be on Larry King..nice 😀

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  48. Rose from Southern Calif

    Hi Anderson looking good and Erica. pretty as ever.

    What's the topic for tonight? The FLDS hearing, or the debates of Hillary and Obama or did something else happened when we were busy today in are daily life?

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Zenta, New York, NY

    Good evening, Anderson, Erica, and all!

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Megan O. Toronto, ON, Canada

    Good evening Anderson, Erica and bloggers. Happy Friday!!!!!

    Hope there is not to much rejiggering for you tonight Anderson and Erica 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
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