Longview couple accused of abuse dispute schooling

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LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) -- A Longview couple accused of starving their five adopted children are trying to prevent social workers from sending them to public schools.

Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock want them to be home-schooled by an aunt and receive religious instruction.

The children were taken into state custody in March after authorities said they were starved into eating toothpaste and dog food. The Trebilcocks are awaiting trial on criminal mistreatment charges. A no-contact order bars them from seeing the children, who range in age from 8 to 14.

The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/obWzKA) a hearing was held Wednesday in Cowlitz County Juvenile Court on the schooling issue. The judge is contemplating a decision next week.

A civil trial is set for March to determine if the Trebilcocks will lose custody of the children.

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Information from: The Daily News, http://www.tdn.com