Texas Children Found Locked in Dog Cage, Covered In Feces

13 February, 2019, 23:08 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Children found malnourished and locked inside dog kennel at Texas home

Deputies in Texas responding to a domestic violence call near Rhome uncovered a scene of child abuse that included two children locked in a dog kennel.

Law enforcement found the children Tuesday morning while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a property near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometres) north of Fort Worth.

The newspaper reported that deputies were talking to a woman and an injured man when they heard children inside the home.

A 5-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were discovered inside a 3-foot by 3-foot cage, while the two other boys, ages 3 and 1, were discovered inside the home.

One Texas Sherriff said it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.

Wise County jail records show Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings are each charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment.

Akin says two of the children were inside, but that the deputies found two more in an outbuilding, crammed into the 3-by-3 feet (90-by-90 centimeter) cage. Harkings was additionally charged with aggravated assault. Two other children, who were also malnourished, were found in the house.

Johnson said there was a refrigerator in the living space but it had a lock on it.

The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation.

"All of them were filthy, covered in fecal material and appeared to be in a state of neglect", Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said. She declined to share details of their condition and treatment.

Harkings is the biological mother of all four of the children while Fabilia is the father to only one of them, the Wise County Messenger reported.

A fight between the two is what brought deputies to the rural home, and the man had cuts to his face. Deputies fed the kids and gave them water before taking them to the hospital, according to the sheriff's office. Officials think they were living at the home for several weeks, KMOV reported.

The couple has had contact with the Department of Children Services before Tuesday's investigation, according to DFPS spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales.



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