dailymail.co.uk: A four-month-old boy has lost seven fingers after his parents’ pet ferret gnawed them off while he was home alone.
Ryan R Waldo, 33, and Carrie R Waldo, 25, were charged today in Jackson County, Missouri with first-degree child endangerment.
What makes this case particularly disheartening is the fact that both parents claim that they were both at home when the infant was attacked by the ferret. But evidence to the contrary soon turned up…
“…investigators obtained cells phone records and used GPS technology to determine that the Waldos were exchanging text messages from various locations at the time of the ferret attack, when they had said they were at home.
And then there’s this:
The Waldos told investigators the ferret had never bitten anyone, but a person with a ferret rescue organisation told their landlord the couple wanted to give up the animal because it had bitten the infant twice, documents allege.
As fate would have it, the parents that day had moved certain items around the house, including the swing that the child had been sleeping in as well as the ferret’s cage. All fodder for a cranky ferret…
At present the child and a sibling have been removed from the parent’s care as they await one felony charge of child endangerment.
Which begs the question, what exactly will the parents tell the boy when he is old enough to fully comprehend what he has endured?