- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - Seven special-needs teenagers found living in isolation amid squalid conditions at a Houston-area home have been released from a hospital after a nearly three-week stay.

Tiffani Butler, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, says the teens were released Tuesday and will be kept together under the state’s care.

None of the children are related but were adopted by 54-year-old Paula Sinclair and her former husband in 2003 and 2004.

Butler says the lengthy hospitalization was due to hospital staff wanting to monitor their eating habits and also to time it took to arrange housing that could keep them together.

Sinclair and her husband, 78-year-old Allen Richardson, remain jailed on charges that include causing injury to a child.

Online jail records don’t indicate whether they have attorneys.

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