Idaho siege children give themselves up

Five armed children have left their isolated Idaho home after a six-day stalemate with sheriff's deputies.

Five armed children have left their isolated Idaho home after a six-day stalemate with sheriff's deputies.

The children were seen riding past sheriff's barricades in a vehicle.

The children had been speaking to two negotiators for most of Saturday.

Sheriff's Sargeant Rob Rahn identified them only as family members and close friends of the children.

The children and a 15-year-old brother who surrendered to authorities on Thursday had withdrawn to the house on Tuesday, when their mother, JoAnn McGuckin, was arrested for child neglect. Their father died on May 12.

After the mother's arrest, Bonner County sheriff's deputies returned to the home about 10 miles south of the town of Garfield Bay to take the children into state custody.

But they withdrew after 15-year-old Benjamin McGuckin yelled "Get the guns!" and the children unleashed more than two dozen dogs.

The family became increasingly reclusive as financial hardships increased after father Michael McGuckin was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. His death was attributed to dehydration and malnutrition, complicated by his illness.

Walled off from the outside world by fear, trees and the dogs, the children at the house were incommunicado until Friday, when they spoke with their mother's court-appointed attorney and authorities.

Sgt Rahn and the lawyer, Bryce Powell, refused to say whether Benjamin McGuckin or his mother participated in talks. The children were given food and water during Friday's "long period" of contact, he said.

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