3 indicted in case of kids found tied up like dogs behind San Antonio home

Two women and a man were indicted Friday in a horrific child abuse case involving two children found tied up like dogs in the backyard of a San Antonio home.

A grand jury indicted Porucha Phillips, 34, Cheryl Reed, 30, and Deandre Dorch, 36. All are charged with various counts of injury to a child, according to the Bexar County district attorney's office.

When sheriff's deputies were called to the home on the city's northeast side in April, a neighbor told them she could hear a child crying from behind the home for hours.

In the backyard, they discovered a boy and girl, ages 3 and 4, tied to the ground and a doorknob with a dog leash and chain. The girl had a broken arm, and piles of human feaces dotted the yard.

"It's sickening," sheriff's spokesman James Keith told the San Antonio Express-News at the time. "To call this horrific would be an understatement. If it wasn't for our deputies and this caller who tipped us off, we know that this could have had an even worse outcome."

Inside the home, they found six children ranging from 10 months to 13 years old. They, too, were seized by the state and remain in the custody of Child Protective Services.

Phillips, the mother of the children inside, returned home an hour later with Dorch and was arrested.

Reed, the chained-up children's mother, says she was out of state at the time but came back to San Antonio days later and was taken into custody.

Authorities say the three are friends who had recently relocated from California.

Each of them faces two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for each of the charges, of which Phillips faces three, Dorch two and Reed one.

Source:The Dallas Morning News

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