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Three women charged with federal crimes after kidnapping girls for polygamous leader

Eight underaged girls were kidnapped by three women for polygamous leader Samuel Rappylee Bateman.

Bateman, a polygamous leader in the state of Arizona, is being held in federal custody without bail.

Investigators with the federal government are finding hidden information that leads them to believe there has been deceit and cover-ups for years. This includes the shredding of important evidence.


Three women, Donnae Barlow, 24, Moretta Rose Johnson, 19, and Naomi Bistline, age not available, are facing one count of obstructing federal prosecutions and one count of kidnapping in connection with Bateman’s federal case, according to KSL.com.

All three women are accused of transporting the girls across four state lines including Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Nebraska, between May of 2020 and November of 2022.

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