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Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care

2 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Wednesday, February 13 2019 Feb 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 10:14 AM February 13, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DECATUR, Texas (AP) - Four malnourished children are in foster care after authorities found two of them locked in a dog cage and two more smeared with excrement in a North Texas barn.

A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services official says the children were released from a hospital Monday night. Law enforcement found the children earlier in the day on the property near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.

Spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales says the three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and a 4-year-old girl, are "doing OK," but declined to share details.

Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, who are both 24, have each been charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment.

Harkings, the children's mother, and was also charged with aggravated assault.

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