Father seeks custody of children who went to Oregon standoff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -€” A father is seeking custody of seven children whose mother took them to sing for the Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers and is accused of abusing them.

The Kansas City Star reports that Tim Sharp said after a Monday court hearing in Shawnee County that he’s hopeful that the children will soon be living with him in Colorado.

Their mother, Odalis Sharp, has described the abuse allegations as trumped up. She has 10 children, but several are over 18.

One of the older children, 19-year-old daughter Victoria Sharp, is supporting her father’s custody efforts. She was riding with Nevada rancher LaVoy Finicum and three of the other militants when Finicum was shot and killed by Oregon state police.

She says she wants her siblings to “start a happy life again.”



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