A West Texas judge has decided 11 children of a couple who've faced child welfare investigations in three states will remain in state custody for now.

The ruling Tuesday came after a hearing in which William A. and Claire Rembis disputed Child Protective Services' allegations of neglect, which included that some of the children regularly climbed into trash bins and scavenged for food behind their Lubbock home.

Court records and testimony show the parents have also been investigated for similar allegations in New Jersey, Michigan, and Plano, Texas, since 2001. None of the cases led to criminal charges.

Judge Kevin Hart said the couple had disregarded CPS' efforts to investigate, calling the couple "defiant." He told them the issues are "fixable" if the couple cooperates with the agency's pending service plan.