SALT LAKE CITY – A person described as a self-styled prophet is being charged with youngster abuse and kidnapping after two women have been discovered hidden in plastic water barrels close to what authorities referred to as a makeshift compound in a desert space of southern Utah.
Six counts have been filed Wednesday towards 34-yr-previous Samuel Shaffer, who police say was in an upstart group with beliefs in doomsday and polygamy.
Police say Shaffer additionally hid two different women in an deserted trailer. Investigators say the women aged four via eight weren’t dressed for under-freezing temperatures.
Authorities say two of the women have been Shaffer’s youngsters, and the opposite two have been daughters of a 33-yr-previous follower, who was additionally charged. Their mom had reported them lacking, together with the couple’s two sons. The boys have been discovered within the compound.
No lawyer has been listed for both man.