2 children found locked in dog cage in Texas barn, deputies say

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Two children were found locked in dog cage and living in deplorable conditions in a barn outside a home in Rhome, Texas.

A father and mother of four children are facing charges after deputies discovered a horrific scene of child abuse and neglect at a home Tuesday morning, WFAA reports.

According to Wise County deputies, they received a call at about 7:20 a.m. on a report of domestic violence at a house off County Road 4930 near Newark, about 30 miles north of Fort Worth.

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When deputies arrived, they found cuts to the man's face and heard children inside a barn, according to Sheriff Lane Akin, with the Wise County Sheriff's Department. Officials said when deputies searched the property, they found two children locked in a dog kennel together. Deputies said two other children also showed signs of malnutrition and that food inside the home had been locked up, not reachable by the children. The children were in the age range of one to five years old.

Deputies noticed feces scattered throughout the house.

The man was sent to the hospital with cuts. The couple faces four counts of child endangerment. The woman also faces a family violence charge.

Deputies said they fed the children, who were sent to the hospital for medical evaluations.

The couple had been staying with the paternal grandparents' house. Texas Child Protective Services confirmed that they had previous contact with the family, but would not elaborate.

Multiple agencies are investigating.
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