- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Charges have been upgraded against a man and two women already accused of injuring children at a San Antonio house, including chaining two in the backyard.

The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office says Cheryl Reed, Deandre Dorch and Porucha Phillips will now face first-degree felony charges of injury to a child - up from third-degree charges - meaning they also face up to life in prison if convicted.

They three were arrested after deputies rescued 3- and 4-year-old children found tied up behind a home last May. Authorities say they had hundreds of scars. The district attorney’s office says medical experts consider some of their injuries were life-threatening, allowing for the charges to be upgraded.

Officials say Reed left her two children in the care of Phillips and Dorch.

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