Wise County deputies discovered the children after receiving a report of domestic violence at a residence in Newark, about 30 miles north of Fort Worth. They went inside and found two children locked in the kennel and two others who were malnourished and covered in feces.
Officers accompanied investigators with the Children's Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services when they found the three girls and one boy between the ages of 5 and 12 in a Farmington home, the publication reported.
Paige Isabow Harkings and Andrew Joseph Fabila, who are both 24, have each been charged with four counts of criminal child endangerment. However, they were inside of locked cabinets with no way for the children to unlock them. Two were locked in 3-by-3-foot (90-by-90 centimeter) cages, while two younger children were found outside the cage but only partially clothed and smeared with feces and urine.
Officials said Cheatham and Head were charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child creating substantial risk as well as three counts of kidnapping, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Authorities discovered the children Tuesday living in a barn.
"The four children have been taken to Cook's (Children's Medical Center) in Fort Worth to be examined", Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Tuesday in a telephone interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Andrew Joseph Fabila is the father to one of the children, Harkings is the mother to all four of the children. Deputies fed the kids and gave them water before taking them to the hospital, according to the sheriff's office. The man had cuts to his face.
Neighbor Amber Jester said she wasn't even aware there were any children living there. Deputies found a 24-year-old man and woman at the home when they arrived. "You'd think that, being right across the street we would know something", she told CBS Dallas. You'd like to say you would do something. "I guess you never know what people are doing inside of their homes".