47.7 F
Fort Worth
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Government Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

Other News

Second whistleblower fired from Texas attorney general’s office after accusing Ken Paxton of bribery

By Emma Platoff, The Texas Tribune Oct. 22, 2020 "Second whistleblower fired from Texas...

Tarrant County gets tough on DWI

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson announced Oct. 21 that Tarrant County now is No Refusal all the time.

US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

By ERIC TUCKER and FRANK BAJAK Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials accused Iran on Wednesday of being behind a flurry of...

Ex-Blue Bell Creameries CEO charged in deadly listeria case

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover...

DALLAS (AP) — 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.

Law enforcement found the children Tuesday morning while responding to a domestic disturbance call at a property near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.

The three boys and girl were released from a hospital Tuesday evening and placed into foster care, a Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said. The agency did not say if the children have been placed together or split up.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said deputies found the oldest two kids locked in a 3-by-3 foot (90-by-90 centimeter) cage and the other two were filthy and only partially clothed. Akin called it the worst case of child abuse he has seen in his 44-year career.

Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, who are both 24, were each charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment and were being held in the Wise County Jail. His bond was set at $60,000 Wednesday afternoon, while hers was set at $75,000.

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. She is the mother to all four children, while he is the father of one, according to authorities.

The 4-year-old girl and the boys, aged 5, 3 and 1, are “doing OK,” according to Department of Family and Protective Services spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales. She declined to share details of their condition and treatment.

Akin said the children were starving and that a plentiful supply of food had been locked inside cabinets and a refrigerator in the barn. Deputies fed the kids and gave them water before taking them to the hospital, according to the sheriff’s office.

Law enforcement and Department of Family and Protective Services staff are still investigating the case, Gonzales said.

Latest News

Texas’ massive early voting numbers have persisted, leading to predictions of overall turnout unseen in years

By Alex Samuels and Mandi Cai, The Texas Tribune Oct. 23, 2020 "Texas’ massive early voting numbers have persisted,...

AP FACT CHECK: Examining claims from last Trump-Biden debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden sparred Thursday in their final presidential debate, hoping to sway undecided...

Texans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz vote to advance Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate

By Kelsey Carolan, The Texas Tribune Oct. 22, 2020 "Texans John Cornyn and Ted...

Tarrant County gets tough on DWI

Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson announced Oct. 21 that Tarrant County now is No Refusal all the time.

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Barrett despite Dems’ boycott

By LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans powered past a...