Couple Arrested for Child Abandonment

An East Texas couple has been arrested for allegedly abandoning their three small children at the East Texas State Fair.

The Smith County Sheriff's department has arrested and charged 48 year old Terry Decker and 27 year old Kristina Stracener-Decker of Hawkins with abandonment and child endangerment. Authorities say the couple dropped their 11, 8 and 6 year old off at the fair two Saturdays ago (october 20th). They didn't return, authorities say, until 1:30 the next morning.

Protective Services is now investigating.