- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

HARDINSBURG, Ky. (AP) - A custody case highlighting the controversy over “off-grid” families continues to work its way through the courts.

Attorney Rick Hardin, who represents Joe and Nicole Naugler, said a hearing on Thursday in Breckinridge County did not resolve the case. He said a disposition hearing was set for early November.

Child protection workers removed the couple’s 10 children from the family’s tumbledown shack in May after an anonymous complaint. The state returned the children in July but retains legal custody.

The Nauglers say they haven’t neglected their children, but are loving parents who choose to raise them in an “off-grid” lifestyle without public electricity, running water or a flushable toilet.

Meanwhile, Hardin said a menacing charge against Joe Naugler has been resolved with an Alford plea, which means he maintains his innocence while conceding there is sufficient evidence for a conviction.

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