2 toddlers found tied, chained in Texas backyard

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 30, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Child welfare officials say two of eight children found unsupervised in a San Antonio home in the middle of the night remain hospitalized and that authorities are concerned all of the children may be malnourished.

Authorities say one of the children, a 2-year-old boy, was found chained to the ground with a metal chain strapped around his ankle, and that a 3-year-old girl was tied to a door with a dog leash.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the six others had been placed into foster care. Spokesman Patrick Crimmins says one of the injured children had a fractured wrist and arm and a 3-year-old has superficial injuries that include abrasions and scarring.

Crimmins says the children ranged in age from 10 months to 10 years old.

Authorities say the mother of six of the children has been arrested and was facing two felony charges of child abuse.

Deputies were called to the home just before midnight, after receiving a call about a child crying for a long time