Lightning Deaths Create Custody Battle

Lightning Deaths Create Custody Battle

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Three children who saw their parents killed by lightning are now at the center of an angry custody dispute involving both sets of grandparents and an aunt and uncle.

Richard and Lisa Goff were killed July 19th near Crystal Lake in the Uinta Mountains. Their children are aged nine, five and one.

Lisa Goff's sister, Lori Ostler, and her husband, Jeff, on August fourth were named the children's temporary guardians. The children's grandparents, Glenn and Linda Goff and Nadine Waldron, are arguing over who the parents wanted to become the children's guardians should anything happen to them.

In a court hearing today, fourth District Judge Gary Stott said the children should remain in the Ostlers' custody pending the outcome of that hearing.

Mediation negotiations may end the dispute, particularly with family members saying it is hurting the children.

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

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