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May 9, 2013 5:19 PM

Grandmother Granted Custody of 4 Homeless Children

CORPUS CHRISTI - A grandmother will take custody of four children found with their homeless parents on a beach. Beth Davis has overseen the medical care of the children since the arrest of her son, Ryan, and his wife Heather.

The couple was not in court this morning as Judge Brent Chesney considered whether the children should remain in the care of Child Protective Services or be turned over to the grandmother.

The attorney for Ryan and Heather Sanders says media photos or videos of the couple in shackles could bias a jury if they stand trial for injury to a child.

Police say the Sanders lived on the beach with their 4 daughters, including a newborn. The children were found on the verge of starvation.

All four were placed in the custody of child protective services upon the parents' arrest. Grandmother Beth Davis came into town from South Carolina to see the children.

According to court documents, the mother admitted to using methamphetamine on a daily basis while she was pregnant with her newest daughter.

A pediatrician told the court the three older children are in good enough shape to be moved to the Ronald McDonald House. However, the doctor recommended the baby girl stay at Driscoll Children's Hospital until next week at least.

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