Pregnant Texas Mother of 6 Arrested After 2 Toddlers Found Tied Up in Backyard

Porucha Denise Phillips
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Porucha Denise Phillips
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A pregnant Texas woman was arrested after police say they found two toddlers chained and leashed outside the woman's San Antonio home, where six other children were also found.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Porucha Denise Phillips, 34, the pregnant mother of six children, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of injury to a child by omission after a neighbor called and reported hearing screaming coming from the woman's backyard. Police say that when they arrived, they found a 3-year-old girl tied to a door with a leash and a 2-year-old boy chained up in the backyard.

All eight children were taken into custody; the two chained and leashed children, both found outside the home, were taken to a local hospital. The two were not believed to be Phillips' biological children.


"Both of them were dehydrated, had old bruises and new bruises, several scratches," Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman James Keith told the Express-News Saturday. "The little girl had what appeared to be a fractured arm and injuries to her foot."

Child-protective services spokeswoman Mary Walker told the newspaper that the two children found outside the home were recovering in the hospital, while the other six children, ages 10 months to 13 years old, would remain in CPS custody.

"We’re doing whatever we need to do so that they’re taken care of," Walker said.

Read more at the San Antonio Express-News

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