Three people have been arrested after police say they found a one-year-old child locked in a tiny cage surrounded by animals and faeces.
The alleged animal and child abuse was discovered at a home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday morning.
Officers were responding to a call reporting animal abuse.
When they arrived at the home, they say, they found the child being kept in the cages.
“Cruelty to children and animals are some of the worst crimes we see,” District Attorney General Matthew Stowe said in a statement.
“We treasure our children and will continue to investigate this and any other allegation of child abuse extremely closely.
“Likewise, animal cruelty will be treated very seriously in the 24th Judicial District.”
Three residents were arrested at the home.
Police allege they found the child in a cage in close proximity to snakes, rats and mice.
The floor was also covered in faeces, urine and cockroaches.
The Department of Children’s Services was called to the scene and took the child into its care.
All three suspects have been arrested and charged with child and animal cruelty offences, as well as drug manufacturing and firearm possession charges.
They will face court on June 30.