Published: Wed, February 13, 2019

Parents of kids locked in kennel jailed

Parents of kids locked in kennel jailed

Harkings is the mother of all four children, and Fabila is the father of one of them, the NBC 5 report said. Both are charged with four counts of child endangerment. Harkins is also charged with aggravated assault.

A sheriff says four malnourished children were found in a barn outside a rural North Texas home, just feet away from plentiful food kept under lock-and-key. Two of the old children were locked in a 3-by-3-foot (90-by-90 centimeter) cage, while two younger children were found outside the cage but only partially clothed and smeared with feces and urine.

Investigators then searched the property, according to the Wise County Messenger, and found two more children, who were dirty and emaciated.

Four malnourished siblings, all aged 5 or younger, have been placed in foster care after authorities found them hungry and thirsty in a North Texas barn, two locked in a dog cage and the others smeared with excrement, authorities said Wednesday.

Authorities took the children to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth to be evaluated.

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.

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

Akin said the suspects, who have not been identified, are facing four counts each of endangering a child.

"The others appeared malnourished, covered in urine and feces", Akin said.

The man was also taken to the hospital for treatment for the wounds he had sustained to his face. Fabila had cuts to his face.

Neighbor Amber Jester said she wasn't even aware there were any children living there. "You'd think that, being right across the street we would know something", she told CBS Dallas.

'They were positioned in a manner where those small children would not have access. You'd like to say you would do something.

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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