Four malnourished children, two of whom were locked inside a dog kennel, were found by Wise County Sheriff's deputies during a disturbance call in Texas Tuesday morning.
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.
Two parents charged with child endangerment after two of their four children were found starving and locked in dog cages will be arraigned in court Wednesday.
The barn had plenty of food inside of it for them to eat according to the reports.
The three boys and one girl ranged in age from 1 to 5, and didn't say much when police arrived at the home near Rhome, authorities said.
Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings are each charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment.
The oldest two were locked in the cage that was just three-by-three feet (90-by-90 cm), and the other two were filthy and only partially clothed, Akin said.
Two of the children were found locked in a cage in a barn on the family's rural property.
The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation. All of them were said to be malnourished and covered in waste.
Andrew Joseph Fabila is the father to one of the children, Harkings is the mother to all four of the children. Fabila and Harkings, the mother of the four children, have been jailed without bond after the children were found at their rural home.
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. Harkings also was charged with aggravated assault.
'They were positioned in a manner where those small children would not have access.
Fabila's face appears to be cut in numerous places in the mugshot authorities later took.
Law enforcement and Department of Family and Protective Services staff are still investigating the case, Gonzales said.