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Keela Blanton talks about her experiences with her children and the Word of Faith Fellowship church during an interview in Spindale, N.C. on Sept. 27, 2017. In 2008, Blanton was facing about eight months behind bars for various charges, when Laura Bridges — a Word of Faith member who was then a Rutherford County clerk — approached her to care for the child until she was back on her feet, she said. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)