Gag order placed on child abuse investigation

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A gag order has been placed on an investigation into allegations of child abuse against a Portland couple, barring officials from discussing the case.

Twenty-one-year-old Thomas Snelling was charged with aggravated child abuse of his 1-year-old son, Daniel Lee Tate. The 30-year-old mother, Jeanie Tate, was charged with child neglect.

Snelling told police that he had slammed the infant's head into a bassinet because he wouldn't stop crying on March 9. Four other children were living in the home.

Portland Assistant Chief of Police Richard Smith told The Tennessean that Tuesday's court order bars him or any other official from commenting on the case.

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