Texas children found in dog cage placed in foster care, suspects charged

Andrew Joseph Fabila, 24 and Paige Isabow Harkings, 24 | Credit to Images: Wise County Sheriff Dept / CNN VAN

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 said the children were released from a hospital on Tuesday night. Law enforcement found the children earlier in the day on the property near Rhome, about 20 miles north of Fort Worth.

Spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales said 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.

The Wise County Sheriff's office said Fabila's bond was set at $60,000 and Harkings' was set at $75,000.

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

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