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Texas parents get custody of kids living in bus

By MICHAEL GRACZYK
Associated Press

CONROE, Texas (AP) - The parents of 2 children who were found living alone and unsupervised on an old renovated school bus in the Houston area have been granted full custody.

A judge in Conroe on Tuesday dismissed the custody case against Mark and Sherrie Shorten, who were in prison when the children were found living alone. The Shortens had left the children in the care of an aunt but she became overwhelmed.

The couple, their 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, attended court to affirm the family abided by Child Protective Services requirements.

The parents were finishing 18-month terms for conspiracy to embezzle Hurricane Ike money in Louisiana when a postal carrier spotted the disheveled children last March.

The children have been back living with their parents in the renovated bus since September.

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