Toddler found in cage during animal abuse investigation in Tennessee

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HENRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN/WTVQ) — Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says officials are investigating after a toddler was found in a cage Thursday.

Sheriff Belew said the investigation initially started out as an animal abuse investigation at a property in northern Henry County. Upon arriving, deputies made several disturbing discoveries. The child was allegedly found in a room with large snakes and mice.

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In addition to the child being found, deputies discovered roughly 100 marijuana plants on the property. The sheriff’s office is also helped rescue more than 100 animals.  Deputies also seized semi-automatic guns.

Sheriff Belew said charges are pending against several suspects.