Woman who left children tied up in backyard gets 50 years in prison

Porucha Phillips pleaded guilty to a charge of injury to a child in the child abuse case of two children who were found tied up in the backyard of a home on Chipping Drive. (Bexar County Sheriff's Office)

SAN ANTONIO (KABB/WOAI) - The Bexar County District Attorney's Office said a woman accused of leaving two children tied up in the backyard of a Northeast Bexar County home pleaded guilty on Friday and will serve 50 years in prison.

Porucha Phillips, 34, is one of three adults charged in the child abuse case that started in April 2016 when a neighbor reported hearing the screams of children in the middle of the night.

When deputies arrived, they found two young children, ages 3 and 4, tied up in the backyard with a dog chain and leash. Several other children were found alone inside the house.

Phillips, Deandre Dorch, and the mother of the two children, Cheryl Reed, were all charged in the case. Reed was in California when the incident happened. She later told authorities she had placed her children in the care of Phillips and Dorch before she left.

Doctors later reported to authorities that the children had "hundreds of scars," some of which were years old.

“What Porucha Phillips did to these children is beyond my understanding. Children are gifts from the Lord and should be treated as such. In the law, we call it a depraved heart and unfortunately there are others out there that have the same seared conscience,” said District Attorney Nicholas LaHood in a statement on the the DA's website.

Phillips will have to serve 25 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.

A few months ago, a child advocate reported the children are thriving and in therapy.

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