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AP: Jeffs in medically induced coma, expected to survive

TYLER, TX (AP/ABC/KLTV) - A Texas prison official says polygamist leader Warren Jeffs has been hospitalized after not eating or drinking enough since his recent conviction on child sexual assault charges.

ABC News reports that Jeffs is in a coma and is expected to survive, according to a source close to the polygamist leader. Their source says he had been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that doctors at the Palestine, Texas prison induced a coma.

Jeffs was moved last Tuesday to a solitary cell at the Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas, because of the large amount of media coverage surrounding his case, prison officials said.

Michelle Lyons with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice told The Associated Press on Monday that the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is in critical but stable condition.

Jeffs attorney Emily Detoto (dee-TOH'-toh) told the AP that Jeffs was taken Sunday night to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. She says he "hasn't been feeling well" but wouldn't elaborate.

Lyons told KLTV 7 Jeffs was being treated for not eating or drinking and also for "other medical problems." She did not disclose what those other problems were, citing medical privacy laws.

The 55-year-old was convicted earlier this month on charges that he sexually assaulted underage followers he took as spiritual brides.

Jeffs has been housed at the Powledge Unit outside Palestine (PAL'-uhs-teen), about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.

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