Toddler forced to live in kennel with a 10ft BOA CONSTRICTOR in filthy trailer filled with guns and drugs
THREE adults appeared in court in Tennessee after forcing a toddler to live in a tiny cage with mice and a 10ft boa constrictor.
T.J Brown, Heather Scarborough, and Charles Brown were taken into custody in late June on several counts including aggravated child abuse and animal cruelty.
Police were called to the trailer in Henry County, Tennessee after receiving reports of animal neglect back in June.
However, when cops arrived at the property they discovered the one-year-old in a 4X4 cage in the living room with no blankets.
Next to the cage were three buckets of mice and just three feet away was a 10ft boa constrictor.
Following the raid in June, Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said there were eight snakes living inside the room with the boy as well as dozens of dogs running around the property.
“With all of the law enforcement experience up here, it's hard to find something that actually shocks us,” the Sheriff said.
"I've never seen this before, and I can guarantee the gentlemen up here with me have never seen this before."
Sheriff Belew described parts of the home as not having any flooring at all and said that the kitchen was “unlivable”
Maggots and cockroaches infested the entire trailer including the kennel where the boy slept.
It is estimated that around 600 animals including cats and dogs were taken from the property.
Michael Cunningham, of the Animal Rescue Corps, told NewsChannel5 that he was confronted with several animals inside the feces-filled property.
He said: "They were in tanks and they were completely filled to the top with feces. It was a complete mess.
"There was trash on the floor, cockroaches all over us, and flies everywhere."
The boy’s mom, 42, and her boyfriend T.J,46, and his 82-year-old father Charles appeared in court last Thursday for a hearing.
During the hearing the defense attempted to downplay the defendant’s use of the cage, arguing that it was a “makeshift playpen for a lower-income family”, reported WKRN.
During the hearing, it was discovered that 86 chickens, 56 dogs, 10 rabbits, four parakeets, three cats, eight snakes, one pheasant, 531 rodents, and one gecko were removed from the property.
As well as the 18-month-old child, investigators found 17 semi-automatic guns and more than 100 marijuana plants.
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