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Charge Dropped in Case That Led to Standoff

September 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A judge dismissed a misdemeanor child neglect charge against JoAnn McGuckin, the mother of six children who held police at bay in a standoff earlier this year at their home near Sandpoint.

When McGuckin was arrested May 29 on accusations of child endangerment made by an older daughter, the other children--ages 6 to 13--barred themselves inside the rural house with a pack of semi-wild dogs. Police who came to take them into protective custody waited until the children came out on their own five days later.

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