Mother of children chained in backyard arrested

Cheryl Reed, 30, has been arrested on charges of injuries to a child

SAN ANTONIO – A second arrest has been made in the abuse case involving chained children in a backyard in Northeast Bexar County.

Cheryl Reed, 30, the mother of the two children tied up, has been arrested on charges of injuries to a child. 

An arrest affidavit said Reed arrived back from California earlier this week to speak with detectives. 

Reed told authorities she left the two children, ages 3 and 4 years old, in the care of other adults while she traveled to Sacramento in February.

The arrest affidavit said she left them at the home in the 8100 block of Chipping Drive where the children were found last week chained in the backyard.

Bexar County Sheriff's investigators said doctors noticed old and new injuries on the children along with broken bones. They say the children have scars on their back, arms, legs, and head indicating they been hit with something. 

Investigators say they have a witness who saw Reed hitting them with a switch or a tree branch before she left town. 

The two children found in the backyard had to be hospitalized, the affidavit said. 

At the time the children were found, detectives arrested 34-year-old Porucha Phillips, who lives inside the home.

Deputies found six more unattended children ranging in age from 10 months to 10 years old inside the house.

All of the children are in the care of Child Protective Services.

Stay with KSAT 12 for more information on this developing story.

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