A Texas couple is facing scrutiny by the courts and child welfare services after their 11 children were found to be severely abused and neglected. Recently, a court ruled that the couple’s eleven children will remain in foster care and in state custody after an investigation found evidence of abuse and neglect. Criminal charges have yet to be filed in the case. During the hearing the Daily Mail reports that neighbors of the couple took to the stand to testify about the abuse they witnessed while living next to the couple. One neighbor testified that he saw the children eating out of garbage cans behind the house. Another neighbor took the stand as a witness to tell the court that she would hear crying and screaming in the middle of the night. A child welfare investigator testified that some of the children had no beds to sleep on in the house.
In their defense, the couple stated that they are being discriminated against as a result of their alternative beliefs and lifestyle. The couple have an anti-vaccine stance and homeschool their children. The state disputed this claim, stating that no evidence was found in the house that indicated the children were receiving any sort of schooling. The state also attempted to present evidence that the couple has had a history of child abuse and neglect spanning three states. However, the couple’s Child Custody Attorney objected to the use of this evidence and the objection was upheld. After hearing all the testimony, the Judge looked at what was in the best interests of the children and ordered the children to remain in foster care while the investigation continues.
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