- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GARFIELD, Ky. (AP) - A spokesman for a Kentucky couple who blog about their “off-the-grid” lifestyle says a judge has ruled that they cannot yet regain custody of their 10 children.

Media outlets reported that deputies removed Nicole and Joe Naugler’s children from their home May 6 after a confrontation between Nicole Naugler and a Breckinridge County sheriff’s deputy. The deputy went to the Nauglers’ home for a Child Protective Services welfare check.

The Nauglers’ 27-acre homestead is constructed under tarps and has no wired electricity, running water or toilets. The children do not attend formal schools.

The couple’s spokesman, Pace Ellsworth, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Nauglers are making improvements to their property and doing everything they can to be reunited with their children.

He says another custody hearing will be held in June.

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