Parents of kids locked in kennel jailed

Nellie Chapman
February 13, 2019

On Tuesday, the Wise County Sheriff's Office was sent to the home of Paige Harkings and Andrew Fabila, both 24, on a call about a domestic disturbance.

Authorities were responding to reports of domestic violence at a residence in Wise County when they made the disturbing discovery after 7:20 p.m., according to the Wise County Messenger.

Akin said the children were starving and that a plentiful supply of food had been locked inside cabinets and a refrigerator in the barn.

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.

The two parents were arrested and 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.

The children are 1, 3, 4 and 5 years old.

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

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Authorities took the children to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth to be evaluated.

Fabila had to be taken to the hospital for wounds on his face before being charged but was taken to jail after his treatment.

Andrew Joseph Fabila is the father to one of the children, Harkings is the mother to all four of the children.

Jester was not aware there were any children in the 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. The man had cuts to his face.

Officials said Cheatham and Head were charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk as well as three counts of kidnapping, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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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