'Twelve Tribes' sect raided in Germany on child abuse fears
BERLIN (AP) - Police raided a Christian sect in southern Germany and took 40 children from them on allegations they were being physically abused, the authorities said on Friday.
Bavarian police said the children of the so-called Twelve Tribes sect were taken into protective custody the day before as investigators look into allegations that they were being beaten and otherwise physically punished. About 100 police were involved in the raids.
The authorities said 28 of the children were found at one of the sect's locations in the area of the town of Deinigen, and 12 others in the Woernitz area.
The sect said in a statement on its website that the children were aged 1 to 17, and that they would remain with foster parents at least until a court hearing next week.