Affidavit details conditions in which neglected Texas children found

Paige Harkings (Left) and Andrew Fabila (Right) - Wise County Jail
Paige Harkings (Left) and Andrew Fabila (Right) - Wise County Jail(WKYT)
Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 11:41 AM CST
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An affidavit details the conditions in which two Wise County children found Tuesday locked in a dog cage and two others who were found partially clothed and covered with feces were living.

“One child was wrapped in a blanket, lying on a heating pad which was on top of a plastic wrapping over a mattress,” the affidavit says.

Two were “locked in a canine kennel and were covered in their own feces,” the affidavit days.

A fourth was “lying in a pack-n-play bed wrapped in multiple blankets,” the affidavit says.

The building in which they were found was heated only with what authorities described as an unsafe space heater, the affidavit says, and “there was no indoor plumbing.”

Investigators learned that the children were using a “non-connected toilet with trash bags around the toilet bowl.”

The parents of the four children, Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings, both 24, are each charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment.

They remain in the Wise County Jail.

Fabila is held on bonds totaling $60,000.

Harkings' bonds total $75,000.

Deputies were sent to the home at around 7:20 a.m. Tuesday off County Road 4930 in response to a domestic violence call.

When they arrived they found a man with cuts to the face and heard the children inside the barn, Sheriff Lane Akin said.

The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for medical evaluation.

A Texas Department of Family and Protective Services official says the children were released from a hospital Tuesday night and have been placed in foster care.

Spokeswoman Marissa Gonzales says the three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and a 4-year-old girl, are "doing OK," but declined to share details.

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