Authorities in Texas say they found four young children malnourished and locked away inside of a barn house Tuesday morning, including two who were horribly being kept inside a latched dog kennel.
The four children, ages 5, 4, 3 and 1, were discovered when deputies with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office were called about a domestic disturbance at the residence.
Inside the house, authorities met with Andrew Fabila and Paige Harkings, both 24 years old. Fabila had a number of cuts on his face, officials said in a statement.
It is while the officers were talking to the two adults that they heard children yelling inside of the barn house.
“The two youngest children were mostly unclothed and lying on a blanket,” officials stated in a statement. “The two oldest children were inside a dog kennel.”
The authorities said there was food inside the home, but it was all locked away and out of arms reach from the children.
Deputies quickly fed the children and took them to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth to be taken care of.
Fabila was also taken to a nearby medical facility to be treated for his cuts and was later booked in Wise County Jail on four counts of endangering a child, officials told reporters. Harkings was booked on similar charges, as well as one count of aggravated assault.
Officials did not state whether Fabila and Harkings are believed to be the parents of the children.
This is a terrible story for everyone involved, please pray for these children!