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Posted on: April 19, 2018

4/19/2018 - Guilty Verdict for Deandre Dorch, Accused of Tying up Children in Backyard

San Antonio, Texas, April 19, 2018: Yesterday, a Bexar County Jury in Impact Court found Deandre Dorch, age 38, guilty of two counts of Injury to a Child causing Serious Bodily Injury and two counts of Abandonment of a Child. Dorch will be sentenced by Judge Laura Parker later next month.


On April 28, 2016, a resident in the 8100 block of Chipping called 911 after hearing a child crying for several hours. Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the location and looked over the fence, where they observed 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 at the wrists and the other at the ankles. Deputies set both children free and they were transported to the hospital for treatment of numerous injuries. Inside the home, deputies found six children, ranging in age from 10 months old to 11 years old, all without adult supervision.


Porucha Phillips, the mother of the six children inside the home, showed up to the house an hour later with Deandre Dorch. Cheryl Reed, the mother of the two children found outside, claimed she was in California. She returned to San Antonio several days later. The trio were all friends who had recently moved to Texas 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. Reed faces criminal charges of Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury and Child Abandonment stemming from this incident.


“I have said many times that I believe children are gifts from the Lord and should be treated as such. Our community should not tolerate evil behavior towards children, this office definitely does not,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood.


Assistant District Attorneys Emily Angulo and Karl Alexander prosecuted the case against Dorch in Impact Court.


Injury to a Child – Serious Bodily Injury is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Abandonment of a Child is a second degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine.