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Child found locked in dog crate, 3 arrested for child abuse


Three adults have been arrested after a young child was found locked in a kennel on Wednesday morning, deputies said. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip of a young child locked in a cage overnight. Deputies later responded to the address on Cress Road and found a 9-year-old child locked in a kennel. The kennel was secured with a padlock. Deputies forced the cage open and EMS arrived on the scene to administer aid. Inside the residence, deputies found Sarah Starr, 30, and two other children. These children were also examined by EMS, but had no apparent injuries. County Social Services and obtained a search warrant for the property. Following an investigation, Jonathan Starr, 32, and Sarah Starr were arrested and charged with felony child abuse, misdemeanor child abuse and forcible confinement. They were both placed on $30,000 bond. Later, Shelly Barnes, 56, was arrested in this incident and charged with the following: felony child abuse misdemeanor child abuse false imprisonment possession of a firearm by a felon maintaining a Barnes controlled substance dwelling was given $60,000 bond The 9-year-old was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital for evaluation and released later that day. Social services. MPs said it was an active and ongoing investigation. This is a developing story, check back with WXII for more updates.

Three adults have been arrested after a young child was found locked in a kennel on Wednesday morning, deputies said.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report of a young child locked in a cage overnight.

Deputies then responded to the address on Cress Road and found a 9-year-old child locked in a kennel.

The kennel was secured with a padlock.

Deputies forced the cage open and EMS arrived on the scene to administer aid.

Inside the residence, deputies found Sarah Starr, 30, and two other children.

These children were also examined by EMS, but had no obvious injuries.

Detectives contacted Davidson County Social Services and obtained a search warrant for the property.

Following an investigation, Jonathan Starr, 32, and Sarah Starr were arrested and charged with felony child abuse, misdemeanor child abuse and forcible confinement.

They were both placed on $30,000 bond.

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Later, Shelly Barnes, 56, was arrested in this incident and charged with the following:

  • child abuse
  • child abuse
  • Sequestration
  • Possession of a firearm by a criminal
  • Maintain a dwelling place for controlled substances

Barnes received a $60,000 bond.

The 9-year-old was taken to Brenner Children’s Hospital for assessment and released later that day.

Two other children, who lived at the residence, were located at the school.

All five children were taken into custody by Davidson County Social Services.

MPs said it was an active and ongoing investigation.

This is a developing story, check back with WXII for more updates.

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