A woman charged in a horrific abuse case involving children who were bound at the ankles and wrists with dog chains and left in a Northeast San Antonio backyard in 2016 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.
As part of a plea agreement reached before Visiting Judge Laura Parker in Felony Impact Court on Friday, Porucha Phillips pleaded guilty to two counts of injury to a child/severe bodily injury, according to Bexar County court records. Phillips was sentenced to 50 years on each charge, and the sentences will be served at the same time.
Reports released at the time indicate Bexar County sheriff’s deputies responded to a call from a neighbor in the 8100 block of Chipping in the Camelot II subdivision who reported hearing a child cry for several hours on April 28, 2016. When authorities arrived, they found a boy, 4, and a girl, 3, tied by the ankles and wrists, with numerous injuries. Officials said that the children had been left outside in the rain, possibly for several days and were surrounded by their own feces.
Once deputies freed the children, they found six other children between the ages of 10 months to 11 years old inside the home by themselves without an adult present. Authorities determined at least three of the children left unattended inside belonged to Phillips and Deandre Dorch. The pair had been watching the other two children tied outside for their friend, Cheryl Reed, whom the pair knew from California, where each lived before coming to San Antonio.
While authorities were tending to the children at the scene, Phillips and Dorch showed up at the home. Phillips was arrested, and Dorch turned himself in days later.
Reed, who told authorities she left her children in the care of Phillips, was arrested about a week later.
In a news release posted Monday on his county website, Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas “Nico” LaHood said Phillips’ actions toward the children are “beyond my understanding.”
“In the law, we call it a depraved heart and unfortunately, there are others out there that have the same seared conscience,” said LaHood. “Let me be clear, anyone that abuses those who cannot defend themselves — our communities’ most vulnerable (children, elderly and disabled) will be dealt with swiftly and harshly.”
The children continue to be in the custody of Child Protective Services, the release stated.
Injury to a child/serious bodily injury is a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Phillips will have to serve at least 25 years in prison before she is eligible for parole.
Dorch and Reed, awaiting trial on similar charges as Phillips, were also charged with child abandonment, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison.
This report contains material from Express-News archives.
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