Four children who authorities say had been living in “horrendous” conditions have been removed from a Parker County mobile home trailer, while their mother and stepfather face multiple charges, the sheriff said.
The children were living in the mobile home on some property while their stepfather and mother lived in a separate camper trailer nearby, authorities said.
Authorities did not provide any other details on the children, such as their ages or genders.
Amanda Nicole Fuller, 34, and Colten Wayne Lackey, 20, were booked Thursday into the Parker County Jail in Weatherford. They remained in the jail Sunday.
The children were taken out of their home last month, and investigators executed a search warrant on the homes Thursday evening in the 5000 block of Upper Denton Road in Parker County.
“The conditions of the homes were nothing short of disgraceful,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler in a Friday news release. “Without seeing it, you would not believe how truly bad it was.”
A pit bull/boxer also was found chained to a living room floor, living in feces and trash. Two other dogs were chained to a bed while three additional dogs were chained outside in a yard, authorities said.
While the kids were in foster care, one of the children made an outcry to authorities, accusing the stepfather of sexual abuse and child pornography, according to the news release.
Fowler said in the news release one of the children also reported the mother knew of the abuse allegations, but she did not act on them or report them.
Fuller and Lackey tested positive for methamphetamine.
“Their drug tests registered to the highest level detectable,” the sheriff said.
In their search Thursday, authorities discovered the chained dogs along with two baggies of a crystal substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. Deputies also seized drug paraphernalia, one dozen cell phones, digital cameras, several laptops and computer discs.
The dogs are receiving care at the Parker County animal shelter.
Authorities began an investigation last month after officials with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services removed the children from their home because of parental drug use, child neglect and poor living conditions, the sheriff said.
“These children will no longer have to live under the abusive, neglectful and awful conditions any longer,” Fowler said. “They are now on the road to recovery.”
Fuller was in custody Sunday in lieu of $20,000 bail, facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance.
Lackey was in the Parker County Jail on Sunday in lieu of $50,000 bail. He faces a charge of indecency with a child/sexual contact. He had warrants for a traffic violation and failure to appear in court.
The sheriff said an investigation continued and additional charges are anticipated.