Three parents have been charged with crimes after two young children were found chained outside their Texas home with hundreds of scars. One of the women in the house, who has six children, is pregnant again.
A few weeks ago, a neighbor contacted authorities about a child who had been crying for hours, reports The Associated Press. When police arrived at the home in San Antonio, they found two children under the age of 5 in the backyard.
“There was obvious evidence that a switch had been used on the children,” said James Keith, Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman.
One child was tied to the garage door with a leash, and had been suffering from hypothermia and a broken arm, police say. Her brother was reportedly tied to the ground using a dog chain and had allegedly been left outside in the rain.
“Unfortunately, child abuse is a major problem here, and in this case we’re just glad we were able to find these children before any further harm could occur to them,” said Keith.
Cheryl Reed, mother of the two children, is in custody and facing two charges of injury to a child.
“We have confirmed with medical doctors that these children suffered hundreds of injuries, and hundreds is not an exaggeration,” Keith said, reports Reuters. “They had multiple scars, multiple bruises. Many of them were fresh, and others were old.”