Children found in dog cage in Decatur placed in foster care

Update: 2/13/19:

Four malnourished children are in foster care after authorities found two of them locked in a dog cage and two more smeared with excrement in a North Texas barn.

A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services official says the children were released from a hospital Monday night. Law enforcement found the children earlier in the day on the property near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.

Spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales says the three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and a 4-year-old girl, are “doing OK,” but declined to share details.

Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, who are both 24, have each been charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment.

Harkings, the children’s mother, and was also charged with aggravated assault.

Original story 2/12/19:

Sheriff’s deputies discovered four malnourished children, including two locked inside a dog cage, when they responded to a domestic disturbance at a Northeast Texas home.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin says deputies found the children aged 5 and younger Tuesday morning at the home near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.

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 centimeters) cage.

Akin didn’t describe the state of the children except that they were malnourished. They were taken to a hospital for evaluation. He says the children’s parents were home and that they had been fighting. The man had cuts to his face. Akin says they will be charged with child endangerment.

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