AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – WJBF NewsChannel 6 is learning more detail about a custody battle between the state of South Carolina and the Murphy Village community.
On Thursday, dozens of people who live in the Murphy Village Community were in family court at the Aiken County Courthouse. They were there to fight the South Carolina Department of Social Services.
WJBF NewsChannel 6 has learned six girls between the ages of 6 and 13 were taken from their homes in North Augusta.
Family members we spoke with say five of the girls are still in the state’s custody. One of the minors was released and is back with her family.
The families say they are outraged at the state for not giving them a reason why D.S.S. took the girls.
A family member WJBF NewsChannel 6 spoke with says the girls attend our Lady of Peace School in North Augusta and say that’s where D.S.S. showed up and removed them.
The families say they had no idea what has happening, until it was too late. The woman we spoke with says the families have not been given a reason why the girls were taken, but she says she believes its related to the RICO indictment of 22 Irish Travelers.
The families say for now they are allowed to see their children during supervised visitations, but have no idea when they will be reunited with their girls.
The families we spoke with say they are unsure of when they will have to reappear in court.
Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest details on this developing story.