Toddlers found chained up in yard now in excellent foster home, eating like never before

Two severely injured toddlers found tied up with a chain and a dog leash in a San Antonio backyard are in an excellent foster home and are eating ‘like they have never seen food before’, their attorney said.

The four-year-old boy and three-year-old girl were rescued along with six other children, who were left alone inside a rent house on April 29, where they were living in squalor.

Sally Justice, the court-appointed attorney ad litem for the eight children, noted that the two toddlers are non-verbal and still wear diapers, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Meanwhile the six children who are siblings and were found inside the rent home are in two different shelters.

‘The two little ones found outside are in an excellent foster home,’ Justice told the Chron on Tuesday in an email.

‘All eight kiddos’ needs are being met.’

Two severely injured toddlers were found tied up with a chain and a dog leash in a San Antonio yard (pictured) are now in a good foster home, lawyer saidOfficers had found the boy with a chain tied around one ankle with the other end secured to the ground, while the girl was secured to the frame of the back door by a leash.

Authorities said the two children had been left outside in the rain, possibly for days, and had been physically abused for at least two weeks, according to the Houston Chronicle.

On Wednesday, a judge ruled that the Department of Family and Protective Services will keep temporary custody of the eight children.

The toddlers’ mother Cheryl Reed, 30, has since been arrested and charged with two counts of injury to a child.

Police said Reed had left her children in the care of Porucha Phillips, 34, the pregnant mother of the sibling group of six, back in February before going to Sacramento, California, and had not returned since.

The four-year-old boy and three-year-old girl were found on April 29. Their mother, 30-year-old Cheryl Reed (pictured) has been arrested after Texas police say her children were found covered in 'hundreds' of wounds

Last week, investigators revealed that the toddlers were covered in hundreds of old and fresh wounds on their backs, heads, legs and arms.

Initially, Reed’s son and daughter were reported to be two and three years old, but officers now think they may be three and four. Phillips’ children are aged between 10 months and 10 years old.

Detectives had also issued a warrant for Deandre Dorch, 36, the father of Phillips’ three youngest children.

He turned himself in at the county jail late on Tuesday and was charged with two counts of serious bodily injury to a child by omission, sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said.

Keith also said Reed’s son and daughter had been in the custody of Dorch and Phillips since February.

A preliminary investigation shows Dorch may have threatened Reed after she left the state and that Dorch and Phillips wanted money from her.

It is still not clear who restrained the children in the yard, Keith said.

‘Dorch admits he failed to get care for the two children after seeing Reed whip both children with a switch from a tree on multiple occasions between November 2015 and February 2016,’ Keith said Wednesday.

Porucha Phillips pictured above   Deandre Dorch turned himself in late Tuesday

‘He told investigators it was not his place to report child abuse because he’s not a “snitch” and he’s not “God”.’

Doctors have told investigators the two children in the yard had ‘hundreds of injuries and scars that ranged from fresh injuries to old injuries… that could have taken place over months or years,’ according to Keith. The girl also suffered hypothermia.

The two were taken to a hospital after they were discovered by deputies April 29 responding to a call about a child’s prolonged crying.

Police knocked at the front door but found nobody was home, before going around the back and discovering the two children tied up.

The boy and girl, who also had a fractured arm, were initially hospitalized but have now been released.

Police said Phillips' children, who are aged between 10 months and 10 years old, also showed signs of abuse and were dehydrated and exhausted when they were found

Investigators then discovered another six children who had been left alone inside the property.

Police said the children inside, who were ranged in age from 10 months to 10 years old, were dehydrated and there was evidence they were also abused.

Neither Dorch nor Phillips were at the San Antonio property when police arrived, but were taken for questioning after returning the following morning.

While Phillips was arrested immediately, detectives said at the time Dorch was released after proving that he was at work on the night in question.

Source: The DailyMail

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