A number of families have started efforts to gain custody of two of the children found unharmed after eight family members were slain in southern Ohio.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/25FAVv7 ) that at least three families have hired lawyers and are making preparations to convince the state they are fit to raise the two babies.

Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy from the Rhoden family were found dead April 22 at four homes near Piketon. A newborn, another baby and young child weren't harmed. An investigation into the slayings is ongoing.

The newspaper reports the two babies have been in state custody since their parents were among those found dead. The 3-year-old child has been with his remaining parent.

Several family members say they have submitted background checks, will take paternity tests and are getting their homes in order.