4 Liberian sisters taken from Fairview parents

By Ann Kelley, akelley@opubco.com Modified: April 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm •  Published: April 10, 2010

©Copyright 2010, The Oklahoman

SHAWNEE — The four adopted Liberian-born sisters at the center of a controversial child welfare case were removed late Friday from their parents' custody.

Ardee and Penny Tyler of Fairview and their four adopted daughters were in Shawnee talking with a reporter from The Oklahoman when a child welfare worker telephoned saying she had a court order to pick up the children.

The children wept and embraced their parents when told the news.

"No," said the oldest, Mary Tyler, 16. "Why do we have to go? Why don't they leave us alone?"

The parents were convicted in February in Major County District Court of abusing a fifth adopted daughter and given 10-year suspended prison sentences.

Along with the criminal case, a child welfare case was opened.

Major County Judge Vinson Barefoot closed the juvenile case March 29 allowing the Tylers to retain custody of the children. Attorney General Drew Edmondson and District Attorney Hollis Thorp asked the ruling be reviewed and a judge this week reopened the case.

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