Texas Deputies on Tuesday found two malnourished children crammed into a locked dog cage along with two more smeared with feces and urine in a barn in North Texas, where a sheriff called the worst instance of child abuse he has ever seen.
The barn was”Crudely fashioned” into quarters, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin stated, adding that all the kids were hungry and thirsty around 7:20 a.m. when deputies responding to a domestic disturbance found them on the property near Rhome, roughly 20 kilometers north of Fort Worth.
“There was lots of food inside the barn, but the refrigerator and the cabinets had been locked so the kids couldn’t get in to get food,” Akin said.
There were three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and also a 4-year-old girl, ” he said.
The oldest two were locked in the cage that was only 3-by-3 feet, along with the other two were filthy and only partially dressed, Akin said.
“I have not worked where kids are locked within a dog kennel, and I find that absolutely disgusting,” he explained.
The children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center at Fort Worth for evaluation.
A hospital spokeswoman declined to disclose their requirements.
Deputies were speaking with a guy and a woman, both 24, when they heard children’s voices coming out of the barn, Akin said.
The woman is the mother of all four kids and the man is father to one of them, ” he told the paper.
A fight between the two is exactly what brought deputies to the rural residence, and the man had cuts to his face.
Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the bureau has had contact with the household before, but at a different site.
She said the children were evaluated at the hospital and also for the time being were not in custody.