4 malnourished kids, 2 locked in cage found in Texas home

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

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.

According to a WFAA report, authorities in Wise County received a call at about 7:20 a.m. on February 12 about a violent incident involving a man and a woman at a house off County Road 4930 near Newark, located about 30 miles north of Fort Worth.

Two of the old children were locked in a 90 x 90 centimetre cage, while two younger children were found outside the cage but only partially clothed and smeared with faeces and urine.

Johnson said food was kept just out of reach of the children in a refrigerator that had three straps on it to lock it.

A Texas couple have been arrested after four malnourished children were found in deplorable conditions at their rural home.

Deputies responded to a domestic violence call about a fight between Fabila and Harkings that lasted up to five hours and were speaking with them when they heard children's voices coming from the barn, the station said.

Sheriff Akin was greeted with a grim discovery as he found four children, all hungry and thirsty.

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Harkings was also charged with aggravated assault, and Fabila was taken to an area hospital to have "numerous lacerations on his face" treated before being jailed, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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 centimeter) cage.

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

Akin did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press, but he told The Dallas Morning News it's the worst case of child abuse he has seen in his 44 years in law enforcement.

He says the children's parents were home and that they had been fighting.

Fabila's face appears to be cut in numerous places in the mugshot authorities later took. They did not have an attorney Tuesday, but a public defender is expected to be assigned to their case Wednesday, Akins said.

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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