Three people face a multitude of charges after police found a caged boy in a dirty Tennessee mobile home that also contained dogs, rodents, and snakes.
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PARIS, Tenn. – Three people face a multitude of charges after police found a caged boy in a dirty Tennessee mobile home that also contained dogs, rodents and snakes, authorities said Friday.
Authorities went to the home on Thursday after receiving an anonymous tip about possible cruelty to animals, Henry Monte Belew County Sheriff. They found not only the child and animals, but also weapons and drugs, Belew told the media.
The 18-month-old boy was found in a 4-by-4 kennel in the living room, which also had eight snakes, including a 10-foot boa constrictor, and buckets filled with hundreds of mice, Belew said.
The house had 15 to 20 loose dogs, feces on the floor and thousands of roaches and worms, he said.
Outside the home, the sheriff said authorities seized dozens of animals on the property, including 86 chickens and roosters, 56 dogs, 10 rabbits, four parakeets and three cats.
He also found 127 marijuana plants and 17 weapons, Belew said.
Heather Scarbrough, 42, TJ Brown, 46, and Charles Brown, 82, have been charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated cruelty to animals, and marijuana manufacturing and other charges, Belew said.
It was not immediately clear if the suspects have attorneys.