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Children in Standoff to Stay in Foster Home

July 14, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Six children who staged a days-long standoff with authorities at their home near Sandpoint after their mother's arrest on child neglect charges will remain in a foster home indefinitely, a judge ruled.

In an hourlong closed hearing, Bonner County Magistrate Judge Debra Heise decided not to allow JoAnn McGuckin to regain custody of her six minor children.

A gag order prevented lawyers from either side from commenting on specifics of the hearing. In the past, attorneys have said McGuckin has medical problems and has no income and no home to take care of the children.

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