San Antonio, Texas, July 29, 2016: Yesterday, a Bexar County Grand Jury indicted a trio connected to a child abuse case where two children were found tied up in the backyard of a northeast Bexar County home. Porucha Phillips, age 34, is charged with three counts of Injury to a Child. Deandre Dorch, age 36, is charged with two counts of Injury to a Child. Cheryl Reed, age 30, is charged with one count of Injury to a Child.
On April 28, 2016, a resident on the 8100 block of Chipping called 911 after hearing a child cry for several hours. Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location and looked over the fence, where they discovered two young children tied up in the backyard. The children, ages 3 and 4, were tied with a dog chain and leash. One of the children was tied up by the wrists and the other by the ankles. Deputies set both children free and they were transported to the hospital for treatment. The two children had numerous injuries. Inside the home, deputies found six children, ranging in age from 10 months old to ten years old. All of the children were without adult supervision.
Phillips, the mother of the six children inside the home, showed up to the home with Dorch, an hour later. Reed, the mother of the two children found outside tied up, claims she was in California. She returned to San Antonio several days later. The trio were all friends who had recently moved from California. All three defendants were questioned by Bexar County Sheriff’s Office investigators. All of the children are in the care of Child Protective Services. Injury to a Child is a third degree felony, punishable by 2-10 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Phillips, Dorch, and Reed are awaiting trial out of the 187th District Court. The DA’s Office Child Abuse Unit will be prosecuting the cases against the defendants.