Children in Standoff Refuse Government Help

From Times Wire Reports

Armed with rifles and a pack of wild dogs, a family of six children hunkered down in their ramshackle home near Sandpoint, Idaho, for a third day, refusing to accept help from government officials they feared and distrusted.

Bonner County sheriff's deputies blocked off a dirt road in northern Idaho and waited patiently, not wanting to provoke further paranoia from a family that had worked hard to cut itself off from the outside world.

The standoff was set off by the arrest of the children's mother, JoAnn Dunn McGuckin, who was charged with child neglect.

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