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Ranch Owner Sues New Mexico Amid Child Abuse Allegations
Albuquerque, New Mexico (CNN) The owner of a youth ranch at the center of a nine-person Amber Alert is suing the state of New Mexico.
Amid allegations of child abuse, Scott Chandler filed the lawsuit in an attempt to stop the state from shutting down the ranch, last week.
State police then served a warrant at the ranch on Friday.
When they tried to take custody of the teens, they realized they were missing - prompting an Amber Alert.
An attorney for Tierra Blanca Youth Ranch says the teens were being taken back to their guardians by the ranch.
"We will be asking the court to declare that Scott Chandler was acting with parental authority and that the parents that were working with him and who gave him the temporary guardianship were also acting with parental authority," said Pete Domenici Jr., Tierra Blanca Ranch Attorney.
All nine kids were later found to have been safe the whole time.
The next hearing regarding the lawsuit has been scheduled for January.