RHOME, Texas – “There was ample food inside the house. But the food was locked up so the children could not get to the food,” Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin told FOX4. “The children were hungry. They were thirsty. Our deputy and lieutenant fed and gave water to those children.”

Akin added that there was one girl in the group, a 4-year-old. The kennel was located inside a bedroom, he added.

“There were dirty clothes, mattresses, air mattresses, blankets, dirt, food, feces, urine and cats. It was absolutely filthy inside,” he told FOX4. “Disappointing. An unnerving sight to see.”

The couple is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon. On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the agency has had contact with the family before but at a different location.


Andrew Joseph Fabila and Paige Isabow Harkings have been jailed without bond after the children were found at their rural home. (Wise County Sheriff’s Office)

As a result of the discovery, the kids were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation and have since been released into foster care, FOX4 reported.

Furthermore, the sheriff’s office said there was some evidence of drug abuse inside the home. Consequently, deputies are still investigating the property and plan to speak with the children and relatives.

Deputies were originally called to the home because of a call about a domestic disturbance. Fabila has multiple cuts on his face. Harkings is charged with aggravated assault for those injuries.