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Man Arrested for Child Endangerment and Growing Marijuana

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

EAST JACKSON -- Jackson police have arrested Bryan Hunt, 24, in connection with a child endangerment and marijuana investigation.

Around 11 p.m. Monday, police were called to the parking lot of an apartment building on the 500 block of Old Hickory Blvd. A 3-year-old child had been found alone and crying on the parking lot.

"It's quiet," neighbor Margie Brewer said while describing the apartment complex. "Everybody minds their own business. As far as something like this is concerned, it's really shocking."

With the assistance of a concerned neighbor, officers determined where the child lived. The child's father, Bryan Hunt, thought the child was upstairs and allowed officers inside the apartment.

Once inside, Hunt discovered that the child was not there. Hunt admitted that he had left the child alone inside the apartment.

While inside the apartment, officers noticed several marijuana plants and lights. The Metro Narcotics Unit was called to the scene to assume the investigation into the marijuana grow operation.

"I'm concerned because of the little child," Brewer said. "The child shouldn't have been outside by itself anyways, and what happened behind closed doors is illegal. They should be punished."

Hunt was transported to the Madison County Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson City Court on child endangerment charges.

"Due to the child's age, as child endangerment it could be a felony," Sgt. Danielle Jones said. "It's a class D felony and it's punishable by up to four years."

The drug charges are pending and the narcotics investigation is ongoing.

The 3-year-old girl was not harmed. Police contacted the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, and they approved for the child to be released to a grandmother.

"We're really thankful for the neighbor for calling police." Sgt. Jones said. "We're thankful the child is safe at this point and that nothing else happened because it could have been a dangerous situation."