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May 9, 2013 12:51 PM

Judge Considers Custody of Homeless Parents' 4 Girls

CORPUS CHRISTI - The homeless parents found living in a car on the beach were not in family court this morning as a judge considered where their four kids will stay.

The attorney for Ryan and Heather Sanders says if the media was able to take photos or video of the couple in shackles it 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.

Their paternal grandmother, Gina Davis, came in from South Carolina to oversee the chidrens' medical care. The grandmother is hoping she will be able to take custody of the children herself.

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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