A Philadelphia family had just settled into their new apartment when a raccoon viciously attacked their baby inside it. Now, strangers have come together to make sure that family has a safe place to call home, according to Fox News.
As Dearly previously reported, Ashley Rodgers put her 4-month-old daughter, Journi Black, down to sleep on a bed before she took her 6-year-old son, Jordan, to the bathroom. Suddenly, a noise startled the mother.
According to CBS Philadelphia. Rodgers said:
“We heard a sound upstairs, and we see a raccoon run down the steps. When I finally got to her, she was laying on the floor so it had dragged her off the bed, across the room, and she was bleeding and crying, and her whole face was red.”
Journi was given a rabies shot and needed 65 stitches for the bloody cuts that covered her face:
Neighbors confirmed to The Associated Press that a raccoon infestation was an ongoing issue.
Journi’s father, Samuel Black, placed the blame on the landlord:
“It is his responsibility. There’s no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors.”
Now, Fox News reports that things will be very different for the 4-month-old when she leaves the hospital.
Journi’s uncle, Kenneth McDuffie, said an “overwhelming amount” of donations — nearly $25,000 — poured in on Christmas Eve. This will let baby Journi and her family move into a new, safer home. The initial goal for the GoFundMe was just $2,000.
McDuffie told Philly.com:
“It will be safe. It will be secure. It will be wildlife- and rodent-free, a place where they are comfortable and they are safe.”
On the GoFundMe page, mom Ashley thanked people for the generosity they’ve have shown her family, writing in an update:
Merry Christmas! Thank you all for outpouring of love & support. Baby Journi is enjoying all the gift s You all really know how to make a girl feel special. Peace & Blessings to you and your family on this glorious day!
Journi still has a long road to recovery ahead of her, with doctors telling her family it will take at least a year for her wounds to heal.
But the baby’s uncle was grateful things turned out the way they did, Philly.com reported:
“We can’t always predict what is going to happen in the future, but we want to make sure that [Rodgers] and her family are safe.”
See neighbors react to the raccoon attack below.