Documents indicate Texas Gov. Rick Perry did not receive a full briefing about the raid on a polygamist ranch until five days after it took place.
The governor himself is conspicuously absent from hundreds of e-mails between his office and the state's Child Protective Services, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
The paper says it obtained more than 1,500 pages of e-mails under freedom of information laws.
The e-mails show that in the first week after hundreds of children were removed from the Yearning For Zion ranch Perry's executive staff was exchanging information and tracking events.
But Perry himself was not part of those e-mail exchanges, the paper says.
A spokeswoman for the governor says instead of e-mail, Perry used the phone and also received personal updates from staff.
The e-mails also revealed that in the first week after the raid more than 1,000 personnel were deployed by the state and costs reached $2.3 million.