When a mother has to work, which is virtually a financial necessity now, she faces an excruciating problem. A family used to be able to survive on one income until the 1970s when Reagan committed his terrible trickle-down experiment. But now, finding a good babysitter, or any babysitter for children is an exercise in chance. For two toddlers, that chance went very wrong.
The 911 caller heard a child crying from a neighbor’s backyard, crying that didn’t stop even as the sun set and darkness hid the child from sight. So that person gathered his or her courage and made that life-changing call to rescue the toddler prisoners in a horrific situation.
It was nearing midnight Thursday when San Antonio deputies got the call and responded to the report, according for a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office news release. They knocked on the front door, but no one answered. As they went around to the backyard, the deputies could hear the child sobbing. When they climbed a ladder to peer into the yard, the sight was ghastly.
The neighbors said they were horrified when they found out about the children’s’ condition. Christina Rivera lives nearby and told CNN affiliate KSAT:
‘When we heard of it, it was bad. It was shocking. Especially something happening across the street, and we didn’t even know about it or see it.’
Another neighbor Chris Tippery, told Fox affiliate KABB:
‘If you don’t feel something from this story, I mean I’m just getting goosebumps just thinking about it.’
‘I hope those people never get their kids back. I hope they have to think about this for the rest of their lives.’
Spokesman for the sheriff’s office James Keith struggled to describe what the deputies found when he spoke to KABB. There was a two-year-old boy:
‘…Chained to the ground as if he was a dog. There was no slack in the chain. His pants were down. You could tell he’d been here for a while. And then a short distance away, a 3-year-old girl, who was tied to a door with a dog leash, who was just exhausted.’
The deputies quickly released the toddlers, but the horror did not stop there. In the house, they found six other children, whose ages ranged from 10 months to 13 years:’
‘To describe this as disturbing is an understatement. It makes you wonder what somebody’s thinking. How could they do this?’
The couple in charge of the six children inside of the house returned home early Friday morning, according to the sheriff’s office. The man is not the father of the children. Apparently, Porucha Phillips, 34, was supposed to be taking care of the two toddlers outside. The authorities contacted Child Protective Services [CPS] to remove toddlers from Phillips’ home.
CPS took the two children from the backyard to Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, where they are recovering. Keith said one of the toddlers has a fractured right arm and wrist, and the other child has abrasions and scarring. The girl is in intensive care.
Phillips’ six children were also removed and taken into foster care. CPS apparently had not had any communication or involvement with the family. The mother of the six children is also pregnant.
So far, the sheriff’s office has not mentioned searching for the pair of toddlers’ parents. But the authorities believe a home-based day care maybe have been operating at the residence. Keith told KSAT he was grateful for the call to the sheriff’s office and encouraged anyone suspecting child abuse to call:
‘We are grateful that this person was brave enough to call us and that our deputies were able to respond when they did. I don’t even want to think about how this could have happened, how this could have played out, had our deputies not gotten there when they did.’
Deputies have been called to the home seven times within a month, for “among other things animal cruelty, burglary and a disturbance.”
Authorities charged Phillips with injury to a child by omission with serious bodily injury and injury to a child by omission with bodily injury. She is being held in the Bexar County Jail.