Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Parents 'starved their children' dog cage just out of reach of food

Parents 'starved their children' dog cage just out of reach of food

Officers accompanied investigators with the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services when they found the three girls and one boy between the ages of 5 and 12 in a Farmington home, the publication reported.

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. Harkings also was charged with aggravated assault.

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

Two other children, a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, were also malnourished, but not in a kennel.

"I've not worked [a case] where children are locked inside a dog kennel, and I find that absolutely disgusting", he said.

Two children were found Tuesday locked in a dog cage in a barn in rural Wise County and two others were living in deplorable conditions, deputies say.

The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation.

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Deputies responded to the home around 7:20 Tuesday morning due to a family disturbance call when the children were discovered. "It's a metal shop top building with some living quarters fashioned in one end of it ... this is at the top of the list of worst cases as far as children and how they're kept". All of them were said to be malnourished and covered in waste.

The Wise County Sheriff's office says Andrew Joseph Fabila's bond was set at $60,000 on four child endangerment charges.

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

One Texas Sherriff said it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen. Fabila had cuts to his face.

She said the children were being evaluated at the hospital and for the time being were not in state custody. "You'd think that, being right across the street we would know something", she told CBS Dallas.

Jester was not aware there were any children in the home. "I guess you never know what people are doing inside of their homes".

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