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Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

A couple have been jailed after four malnourished children were found in deplorable conditions in a barn at their rural home. They were arrested and each charged with four counts of child endangerment.

The newspaper reports that while speaking to the man and woman about a possible family violence situation, a deputy heard children inside the home. Deputies on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, discovered two malnourished children crammed into a locked dog cage and two more smeared with feces and urine in a barn in North Texas, in what a sheriff described as the worst case of child abuse he has ever seen.

A horrific scene unfolded in a small Texas town outside Dallas where two children were found locked inside a dog cage together.

Four young children who appeared malnourished and were covered in fecal matter, including two locked in a dog kennel, were found at a Texas home, leading to the arrest of two adults on accusations of child endangerment.

The children were transported to Cook Children's in Fort Worth for treatment.

Deputies responded to a "shop-type" outbuilding near Rhome, which lies about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth, after receiving a call around 7:20 a.m. reporting "some sort of physical altercation or argument", Johnson said.




Neighbors told KXAS they noticed the couple begin to use the building a couple of weeks earlier, but had no idea that there were children living inside. They were hungry and thirsty, and covered in feces, Akin said.

Akin said the suspects, who have not been identified, are facing four counts each of endangering a child. Fabila had cuts to his face. The children were adopted by Cheatham and her estranged husband, the sheriff's department said.

"You'd think that being right across the street we would know something", she said.

Jester was not aware there were any children in the home.

Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the agency has had contact with the family before, but at a different location.


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