SPLENDORA, Texas (CBS Houston/AP) — Two children were found living in an abandoned school bus near Houston by a postal worker.

The 5-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister were living on the bus for at least two months before they were found Wednesday. Montgomery County child services immediately took the kids into custody and placed them in foster care.

The parents of the children are in prison for embezzling money from Hurricane Ike victims.

Randal McCann, lawyer for the mother, told the Associated Press that the children’s aunt had been watching over the kids.

“It was believed by everybody involved in the case that (the aunt) was properly tending to those children,” McCann told the AP. “What I saw in the newspaper this morning was shocking.”

The bus where the kids were found on had no engine and no front wheels, but did have electricity and there was a homemade grill found outside the vehicle.

Neighbors told the Houston Chronicle that the children often looked dirty and would be running around at night.

“They always had dirty clothes on (and) no shoes, even in the winter,” Gayla Payne told the Chronicle.

The AP reports that the children told welfare workers that they were home-schooled. A woman found on the property told child services that she stays with the children at night but works 12 hours a day Monday through Friday.

The children’s mother, Sherrie Shorten, is expected to be released from prison in April.

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  1. Cry says:

    Why weren’t the prison sentences of the parents staggered? Essentially, the judge made those children orphans. The parents of the children only had one impoverished,distant ,elderly relative. By putting children in the care of either CPS or an elderly, impoverished ,distant ,relative the judicial system committed child abuse.

    With all the food stamps and section eight houses being given away there were and are plenty of resourses availlable to help those kids without placing them in the care of complete strangers. Look at how barbaric our country has become.

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