Two children were found Tuesday locked in a dog cage in a barn in rural Wise County and two others were living in deplorable conditions, deputies say.
Two parents charged with child endangerment after two of their four children were found starving and locked in dog cages will be arraigned in court Wednesday.
Deputies say there was food inside the home, but it was locked up so that the children couldn't reach it.
Akin said Harkings is the biological mother of all four children, and Fabila is the biological father of one child.
One Texas Sherriff said it was the worst case of child abuse they had ever seen.
Akin didn't describe the state of the children except that they were malnourished.
A horrific scene unfolded in a small Texas town outside Dallas where two children were found locked inside a dog cage together. Harkings also was charged with aggravated assault.
The man was hospitalized for an injury to his face, the NBC affiliate reported. They were hungry and thirsty, and covered in feces, Akin said.
Sheriff's deputies arrested the pair after finding three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and a 4-year-old girl at a property near Rhome, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Fort Worth.
The children were taken to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation.
Fabila had to be taken to the hospital for wounds on his face before being charged but was taken to jail after his treatment.
Akin said the suspects, who have not been identified, are facing four counts each of endangering a child. The rooms that held the children were "specially constructed" with no access to toilets, water, or lighting, officials said.
"It's pretty well cluttered, it's unkempt, a lot of stuff in there", he said. The children were adopted by Cheatham and her estranged husband, the sheriff's department said. Deputies found a 24-year-old man and woman at the home when they arrived.