Toddler found unresponsive in home filled with dead snakes, rats

GRAY COURT, SC (CBS/AP) – A 2-year-old boy remained in the hospital in critical condition Wednesday after he was found unconscious and bruised in a Gray Court home filled with dozens of dead and dying animals.

CBS affiliate WSPA reports that Laurens County deputies were called to the home Tuesday evening after the boy’s mother, Savannah V. Morgan, said the boy had choked. She later said she dropped the child.

Authorities say the 25-year-old Morgan physically abused the boy, causing him to suffer bleeding in the brain.

Two other children, a 1-year-old and 2-year-old, inside the home were taken into DSS custody, WSPA reported.

Lt. Scott Franklin says Animal Control officers seized dozens of dead animals, including 48 rats and 10 python snakes.

Eighty percent of the animals were dead, WSPA reported.

Morgan has since been charged with three counts of child neglect and one count of child abuse and cruelty to animals. It was not clear if she has an attorney.

Copyright 2015 CBS. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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