HOUSTON -- A family court judge ordered the return of the six children who were taken away from their parents because they all lived in a storage shed.

The Leonard family was reunited Wednesday and expressed excitement about finally living together in a house that was donated by a KHOU 11 News viewer.

The Leonards moved into the storage shed three years ago after the father, an unemployed welder, was hired as a maintenance worker. 

The family had already lost an apartment and believed the homeless shelter wasn t safe enough.

A passerby spotted the children outside and reported them to Child Protective Services. Then a caseworker investigated, and the state took custody of the kids. 

According to CPS, the children were removed because the storage shed was a dangerous living environment. The shed, which lacked running water, was about 12 feet wide and 25 feet long. It had an air conditioner, a refrigerator and two personal computers.

The married couple previously said they believed they were being punished because they re poor. 

You shouldn t take our kids because we ve fallen on hard times, said Prince Leonard, the children's father.

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