NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1983
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(Studio) Vermont attorney general reported investigating allegations of child abuse among members of religious cult, The Northeast Kingdom Community Church.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Burlington, VT) Cult leader Elbert Eugene Spriggs' instructions to followers regarding discipline of children noted; photos shown. Former cult member Juan Matatau's efforts to recover kidnapped daughter, Lydia, allegedly taken to Europe by Spriggs and wife Marsha, examined. [MATATAU - recalls Spriggs' teachings to his daughter.] Nova Scotia police officials' recovery of Lydia from Matatau's wife Cynthia noted. [SHERIFF - presents Cynthia Matatau with custody papers.] [MATATAU - fears for safety due to situation.] Vermont judge said deciding Lydia's custody case in 2 weeks.
REPORTER: Nancy Fernandez
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