Texas couple with 2 kids on old bus makes progress

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Associated Press

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

SPLENDORA, Texas (AP) — Home for a Southeast Texas family is still an old school bus with no engine and no front wheels.

But child welfare officials are delighted with the commitment the parents have shown since their two young kids were discovered living there virtually unsupervised almost a year ago. At the time, the parents were in prison.

Mark and Sherrie Shorten now are set for a court appearance Tuesday. Child Protective Services officials are expected to recommend a judge dismiss the welfare agency's case against them. And that would allow the couple to regain full custody of their 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son.

Mark Shorten says that's what he's been targeting all along. CPS officials say the children are in school and the parents have complied with care plans, evaluations and therapy.

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