Trigger warning: This post details child abuse.
A mother of six has been arrested after two toddlers were found chained up “like dogs” during a raid on a Texas home.
Police discovered a total of eight unsupervised children, aged between 10 months and 13 years old, at a home near San Antonio after an anonymous caller tipped them off.
A two-year-old boy was found chained to a tree by his ankle during the raid on Thursday night, while a three-year-old girl–believed to be the boy’s sister – was tied to a door with a dog leash.
Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith said authorities discovered the disturbing scene after receiving a call late on Thursday night to report possible child abuse. The caller said a child could be heard crying loudly, and had been crying in the backyard for some time.
Police heard no response when they knocked on the front door, and the house had bars covering the windows and posters obstructing the view inside. When they used a ladder to peer over the back fence they spotted the two young siblings..
"There was no slack in the chain. His pants were down. You could tell he'd been here for a while," Bexar County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Keith told CNN of the little boy's appearance.
"And then a short distance away, a three-year-old girl who was tied to a door with a dog leash who was just exhausted."
Police then entered the home and found the other six children. There were no adults in the house to care for them.