Texas Children Reportedly Found Malnourished, Locked in Dog Cage
Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
WISE COUNTY, Texas
A Texas couple has been charged after four young children were found malnourished and filthy, with two of them locked in a dog kennel, deputies said Tuesday.
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told the Wise County Messenger that deputies responded around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday to a call about a family disturbance at a home near Rhome, a small city about 25 miles north of Fort Worth. At the home, deputies found a man and woman who had been fighting.
The man had cuts to his face, Akin said.
The Dallas Morning News reported that Wise County Jail officials identified the pair as Paige Harkins and Andrew Fabila, both 24. Harkins is the mother of all four children and Fabila is the father of one of them, the newspaper said.
See aerial footage of where the children were found below, courtesy of NBC 5.
Johnson told the news station that a refrigerator in the outbuilding was fitted with straps to lock it so the children could not open it.
The deputies fed the children, who were then taken to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for medical evaluations, the sheriff said. Fabila was taken to a different hospital for treatment of his facial wounds.
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