Custody efforts begin for 2 babies unharmed in Ohio shooting


PIKETON, Ohio (AP) — At least three families have started efforts to gain custody of two of the children found unharmed after eight family members were slain in southern Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports http://cin.ci/25FAVv7 that three families have hired lawyers and are making preparations to convince the state they are fit to raise the two babies.

Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four homes near Piketon. A newborn, another baby and young child weren’t harmed.

The newspaper reports the two babies have been in state custody since their parents were among those found dead. The 3-year-old child has been with his remaining parent.

Several family members say they have submitted background checks, will take paternity tests and are getting their homes in order.