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Four-Month-Old Baby, Left Home Alone, Loses Seven Fingers to Pet Ferret!

Fri, June 17, 2011 6:30pm EDT by 3 Comments

The parents of the child were charged yesterday, June 16, after lying about their whereabouts as the boy was attacked by his pet ferret.

Ryan Waldo, 33, and Carrie Waldo, 25, were charged with first-degree child endangerment in Jackson County, Missouri. As they should be!

The ferret attack happened in January 2011 when, according to authorities, the two awoke to screams from their toddler. When they found the bloody baby, Ryan threw the ferret against the dishwasher, killing it.

They called 911 at 2:30 A.M. from inside the home. When emergency personnel arrived at the house, they found the baby with only two thumbs and a pinky finger.

At the hospital, doctors were forced to amputate the fingers, which had been chewed down to the knuckles.

In January, the couple claimed they were asleep when the attack occurred. However, in March, investigators determined that the two were texting each other from various locations!

They lied again to authorities, telling them that the ferret had never bit anyone, however, people came forward to say the couple had contacted them to get rid of the ferret in the past for biting people.

In May, the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime laboratory reported that the ferret’s stomach contents screened positive for human blood.

The boy and his sibling have since been removed from their parents’ care.

–Scott Galina

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