Texas officials find kids locked in cages

The parents are under arrest as officials investigate how long the children were living in the filthy conditions. ABC News' Janai Norman reports.
1:40 | 02/13/19

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Now to the shocking discovery at a home in Texas deputies say they found children cajun like dogs locked in a small pedal. The parents are under arrest as investigators try to figure out how long the children were living in a squalid conditions. A domestic violence investigation at this home near Fort Worth, Texas quickly deepened when deputies say they hurt children inside a barn. The deputy went inside to check on the children's welfare. And they found a filthy conditions. Four siblings ages five and under all living in deplorable conditions according to deputies the children were malnourished. And the refrigerator stocked with food. Had a padlock on the children were pushed aren't. Our deputies say the children investigators say two of the children were locked up together in a dog cage. Into the older children and who we're walked inside and don't kid. When this problem lived out three victory. Parents pay each markings and injure for ideally are now under arrest the family recently moved to the area and this neighbor says. He had no idea kids lived next door no toys. No evidence of any kids soon. To your knowledge they're never played outside ever Simonsen. On FaceBook a far more public image of the couple photos of what appears to be proud mom with her children in a smiling father. Relatives say they're in shock they see they saw the kids just a week ago in good condition insist harking has been a loving mother. Investigators say Harkins is the mother of all four kids for Billy as the father of one of them. Child Protective Services had contact with the parents in the past but the agency is not elaborating.

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