A FILTHY baby was found in a cage surrounded by snakes and mice at a home filled with marijuana and nearly 100 animals, cops said.
Police discovered the child during an animal rescue operation on Thursday afternoon in Henry County, Tennessee, according to NewsChannel5.
The child – who was under the age of two – was found in a room with several large constricting snakes and alongside a box of live mice.
The reptiles in the room could have killed the child, NewsChannel5 reported.
Despite the child being found in a cage and in what was said to be a dangerous environment, there were no immediate signs of physical injuries.
The Department of Child Services now has custody of the child.
More than 100 animals were also rescued and taken to emergency shelters.
Large marijuana plants were found in the home and an investigation is underway.
The parents and a grandparent of the child were taken into custody after the horrible discovery, District Attorney Matt Stowe said.
“We are in an ongoing investigation in the northern part of the county involving child abuse, large-scale animal abuse and a marijuana grow operation,” Sheriff Monte Belew told The Paris Post-Intelligencer.
A few other buildings in the northern Henry County area were also raided on Thursday.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Department will hold a news conference on the investigation on Friday morning.