LAS VEGAS – Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs was found "convulsive," weak and feverish in an
The 52-year-old president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was found Tuesday "in a weakened state of health, acting in a convulsive manner, shaking, and running a fever," said Trish Carter, spokeswoman for Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan.
Jeffs was first taken from jail to
Jeffs is charged in
He heads the FLDS, an insular faith of nearly 6,000 followers that practices polygamy in arranged marriages that have sometimes involved underage girls. One of their ranches was raided in west
Jeffs had "sporadic eating habits" and may have lost weight in the 133 days he was held in the
"This is our watch. He's our inmate," Carter said. "Our job is to ensure he's in good health and ready to go to trial. If he has any medical conditions, we are going to have deputies and detention officers make sure he's safe and healthy."
"I really don't want to comment on his personal medical condition," Piccarreta said.
Carter said Jeffs has been jailed in what she called protective custody for his safety and to prevent escape. He was kept alone in his cell for 23 hours a day, and allowed one hour of recreation while remaining segregated from other inmates.
Jeffs was convicted by a
The sect leader has had several health complications in prison, including a trip to a
A clinical social worker who interviewed Jeffs reported that Jeffs attempted to hang himself in January 2007.