DECATUR, Texas (AP) - Four malnourished children were found in a barn outside a rural North Texas home, just feet away from plentiful food kept under lock-and-key.
Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told The Dallas Morning News that deputies found the children while responding to a domestic disturbance call near Rhome, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth. Two were locked in 3-by-3-foot cages, while two younger children were found outside the cage but only partially clothed and smeared with feces and urine.
Initial reports quoted Akin as saying two children were found caged in the barn and two were found in the home.
The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, but a hospital spokeswoman declined to disclose their conditions.
Akin said the children's mother and a man at the home have been arrested on four counts each of child endangerment.