Custody showdown looms for ‘off-grid’ couple, their 10 kids

GARFIELD, Ky. (AP) – A custody case highlighting the controversy over “off-grid” families is headed back to court.

Joe and Nicole Naugler will ask a Kentucky judge Thursday to award them legal custody of their 10 children.

Child protection workers removed the children from the family’s tumbledown shack in central Kentucky back in May. The state returned physical custody of the children in July but retained legal custody.

The Nauglers insist that they are not neglecting the children. They say they are loving parents who have chosen to raise their children in an “off-grid” lifestyle without public electricity, running water or a flushable toilet.

The case has exposed the tightrope state officials must walk between parents’ rights to raise their children as they choose and the state’s responsibility to keep them safe.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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