Self-Proclaimed Prophet Left Girls in Plastic Barrels in the Desert for 24 Hours, Police Say
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A man described as a self-styled prophet was charged Wednesday with child abuse and kidnapping after two girls were found hidden in plastic water barrels near what authorities called a makeshift compound in the southern Utah desert.
Samuel Shaffer, 34, led an upstart group with beliefs in doomsday and polygamy, police said. He left the two girls in the 50-gallon barrels to hide them from authorities, leaving them for 24 hours in below-freezing temperatures, according to the Iron County Sheriff's Office.
Two other girls were also found in an abandoned trailer on Monday. None of the four...
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