In 1987 Mark planned to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. While he and Debbie settled there with Michael, Marvin and Sandra offered to take care of Christi and Bobby for a time. Sadly, it was the beginning of a rift that would tear the family apart.
For several months, Christi and Bobby lived with Marvin and Sandra in their home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. But when Debbie and Mark attempted to regain custody of the children, their grandparents were reluctant to let them go. Apparently, they believed that the Baskins had been subjecting Christi and Bobby to all manner of abuse.
Shockingly, Marvin and Sandra accused Debbie and Mark of being involved in a satanic cult. They claimed the couple had exposed the children to terrifying rituals. The authorities duly began an investigation. While they looked into the accusations, Marvin and Sandra were granted temporary custody of Christi and Bobby.