A woman has been charged after police found two injured toddlers chained up in her backyard and six other abused children inside the house.

WARNING: Distressing details

Porucha Phillips, 34, was arrested in San Antonio, Texas after concerned neighbours called cops to report a crying child.


News.com.au reports the two young children found chained outside a Texas home had suffered hundreds of scars and injuries from months, perhaps years, of abuse, a sheriff’s official said.

Doctors who treated the children found old injuries indicating a long period of abuse.

One of them also was suffering from hypothermia and had a broken arm resulting from the way she was tied to a garage door using a dog leash, Bexar County sheriff’s spokesman James Keith said.

Authorities initially said the children were two- and three-years-old, but Keith says they may be a year older.

“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,” Keith said, explaining that deputies went to the home after a neighbour called about a child who could be heard crying for hours.

“There was obvious evidence that a switch had been used on the children,” Keith said, referring to a slim tree branch.

An update from Bexar County Sheriff’s Office states, Porucha Phillips remains in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center on charges of Injury to a Child by Omission with Serious Bodily Injury and Injury to a Child by Omission with Bodily Injury.


Bexar County Sheriff’s Office stated – A caller told dispatchers a child could be heard crying in the backyard for a long period of time. When deputies arrived, they found two toddlers in the backyard. One of the toddlers was chained to the ground; the other was tied to a door with a dog leash. Deputies set both children free. They were then transported to The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio where they are currently being treated for a variety of issues.

Inside the home Deputies found six children, ranging in age from 10 months to 13-years-old. All of the children were without adult supervision.

Early this morning parents of the six children returned to the house. Both were taken into custody and are being questioned by BCSO investigators. Investigators are also working to track down the parent(s) of the two children who were found outside. Charges are pending.
All of the children are now in the care of Child Protective Services.

“I would describe it as disgusting,” Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood said of the scene. “It shocks your conscience when you think what kind of individual could treat children, who in my opinion are gifts from God, like this.”

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith said the restraints were “the same kind of setup you would use for a dog.”

The Courier Mail reported, “They were exhausted, tired, dehydrated. There was evidence that they had been previously abused, it makes you sick to see something like this, it makes you angry,” Keith said.

“To call this horrific is an understatement, this is as disturbing as it comes. Everybody is bothered by this. It motivates you to fight harder to make sure this is taken care of.”

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  • They say “tied up like dogs” my opinion is that dogs shouldn’t have even been treated like this. Absolutely breaks my heart. I hope these kids find some peace and happiness soon.


  • This makes me so so sad. Those poor children


  • WHAT? So 4 of the kids were hers but the 2 that were outside were not? How on earth did they end up being left with her?
    I honestly think we need to stop with the negative attitude when a parent says “I dont want my kids anymore…please take them away” ….Instead of giving them attitude and saying “How could you?” etc we should simply be thankful that they gave them over to the State to find new homes for them….loving homes rather for someone who doesnt want kids to hold on to them and abuse them like this.


  • Those poor kids. Why do people do this. i will never understand


  • Prayers that these children are provided with loving homes, where they can heal and learn that not everyone is out to hurt them.


  • I am guessing animals like this only have children for government benefits- OR for their own pleasure. How can someone do that to babies. To anybody!! Makes me so angry and wish I could give the kiddies a cuddle, though I am sure they will now get plenty from now on. Hopeing that this will not be something they remember…


  • What a sad and sick behaviour !! Wondering what moved these parents to behave this way and why they have children in the first place. Hope and pray these children can recover from the damage done to them.


  • Not everyone is cut out to be a parent or deserves to be a parent. This couple are certainly in those categories. How extremely sad for these children.


  • this is so horrible! :( poor children


  • How & why someone could do this leaves me speechless. Those poor children.


  • What is happening in this world. Those poor children


  • how sad for these children :( at first I thought this had happened here in Australia!


  • I hope they’re caught and punished accordingly, beginning with no contact with these kids and being sterilised so they can’t have any more. Absolutely disgusting


  • Words fail me..these monsters need to face the full force of the law.


  • This is just awful. Sympathy to the workers who have to deal with the aftermath.


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