Two young children were found locked in a dog kennel near Rhome in North Texas.
They were among a group of four children rescued at a home by Wise County Sheriff’s Officers early Tuesday.
The Wise County Messenger reports that four young children, who all appeared to be malnourished, were found at the home. Wise County Sheriff’s Officers found a man and woman at the home about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday near County Road 4655 near Newark and Rhome.
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The area is about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth.
The newspaper reports when speaking to the man and woman about a potential family violence situation, the deputy heard children in a nearby barn. It led law enforcement officials to conduct a search that eventually turned up four children.
The two oldest children, aged 4 and 5, were found malnourished and locked inside a dog kennel. Other children, 3 and 1 years old who were not in the kennel, were also malnourished, according to the newspaper.
KDFW reports that deputies did find food in the house but it was reportedly locked up where the kids could not reach it.
The woman was taken into custody on a family violence charge.
The man was hospitalized for an injury to his face. The four children were taken to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment.
NBCDFW.com reports that Child Protective Services said they received a report about a case in Wise County involving four children and are in the early stages of the investigation.