HOUSTON (CBS Houston) It’s been almost a year since two children were found living in an abandoned old and dilapidated school bus virtually unsupervised. On Tuesday, the parents of the young boy and girl received full custody of them after a judge dismissed a child welfare case against them.
Sherrie Shorten of Splendora and her husband, Mark, stood before a judge in a hearing that lasted less than 30 minutes. Last March, the couple was serving an 18-month federal prison term for conspiracy to embezzle Hurricane Ike benefits in Louisiana.
Their children were spotted by a postal carrier in the Montgomery County neighborhood about 35 miles northeast of Houston, living in the old school bus. Child welfare officials were notified and took the boy and girl into foster care.
The inside of the bus had served as living quarters for the boy and girl. They would be occasionally check on by a family member. The bus had been renovated as well as furnished. It also had hot and cold water and a bathroom.
A judge dismissed the Children’s Protective Services’ case against the Shortens in court Tuesday, allowing the couple to move forward with their daughter and son.