Texas sheriff: 2 malnourished children found in dog cage

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Wise County jail records show Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings, both 24, are each charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment. Harkins is also charged with aggravated assault.

There was food inside the makeshift home but the refrigerator and cabinets had been locked.

Two parents charged with child endangerment after two of their four children were found starving and locked in dog cages will be arraigned in court Wednesday. Joseph Fabila and Harkings, the mother of the four children, have been jailed without bond after the children were found at their rural home.

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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.

The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Centre in Fort Worth, but a hospital spokeswoman declined to disclose their conditions. She said the children were being evaluated at the hospital and for the time being were not in state custody. "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". While officers were speaking with the pair about the potential family violence, they heard children inside.

Harkings is the biological mother of all four of the children while Fabilia is the father to only one of them, the Wise County Messenger reported.

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According to Sheriff Lane Akin, the man's face was covered in scratches when authorities arrived on the scene. The children were adopted by Cheatham and her estranged husband, the sheriff's department said.

'They were positioned in a manner where those small children would not have access.

"You'd think that being right across the street we would know something". You'd like to say you would do something. "I guess you never know what people are doing inside their homes".

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Law enforcement and Department of Family and Protective Services staff are still investigating the case, Gonzales said.

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