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Couple Guilty of Injury to Children Given Probation Conditions

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - A couple who was found guilty on five counts of injuring their children and making methamphetamine learned the conditions of their probation Friday in court.

It was April of 2013 when Ryan and Heather Sanders were found living on the beach near Bob Hall Pier with their four kids, including a newborn that was born on the beach. Those children were found to be malnourished and in need of care.

Both Ryan and Heather Sanders were sentenced to serve 75 hours of community service, and to take part in substance abuse programs along with parenting classes.

The judge also ordered Heather Sanders to seek mental treatment because she was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder. She will receive her substance abuse counseling and mental treatment in a lock-down healthcare facility for about nine months.

Ryan Sanders will be allowed to seek substance abuse counseling in an outpatient facility. He was set to be released from jail late Friday.

The judge also announced that there should be no contact between the two, but when Ryan's attorney argued for contact, Heather said she preferred no contact from Ryan at this time.

"They have been locked for 15 months. It's taken a stress on their marriage, as well as the trial, and their whole family has been ripped apart," Heather's attorney Mark Gonzalez said. "They're trying to figure out, I guess, who each other are now at this point in time, looking at all the bad choices they have made. I think she's going to focus on herself."

Gonzalez said it could take years for Heather and Ryan to have supervised visits with their children, who are now living with their paternal grandmother in South Carolina.
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