SAN ANTONIO, TX - Even hardened law enforcement officials were not prepared for the "horrific" case of child abuse they witnessed after responding to a call of a child crying in a northeast San Antonio backyard.
What they encountered in making the scene were eight unattended children, including two crying toddlers tied and chained up in a backyard, according to numerous media outlets.
On Friday, Bexar County Sheriff's Office officials confirmed they will charge Porucha Philips, 34 with one count of injury to a child by omission resulting in bodily injury and another resulting in serious bodily injury. More charges are likely.
Police told the San Antonio Express-Newsthey believe Phillips is the mother of the six unattended children they found at the home. The children range in age from ten months to 13 years old, found inside the home at the 8100 block of Chipping Drive.
Law enforcement officials also said Phillips was responsible for the care of a three-year-old girl found tied to a door with a leash and a two-year-old boy chained up in the backyard. The nature of her relationship with those children is yet unclear.
A nearby resident alerted authorities to the scene after making an emergency call reporting possible child abuse at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, BCSO spokesman James Keith told reporters.