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3 Kids Orphaned by Lightning to Stay with Aunt for Now

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(Manti-AP) -- Three children orphaned after lightning killed their parents will stay with their aunt and uncle -- for now.

Richard and Lisa Goff were killed by lightning while the family was camping in the Uinta Mountains in July.

Ever since, the paternal grandparents of the children and the maternal aunt and uncle have been battling over custody of the couple's three children.

The judge ruled the kids will stay with Lori and Jeff Ostler and the grandparents will have visitation rights.

But the judge said yesterday if the two sides don't come to an agreement, neither family will get custody and has ordered the state to look into 'non-kinship' placement.

Both sides will update the judge in a hearing December 3.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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