A Philadephia family is thankful their baby is alive after she was attacked by a raccoon inside their home Wednesday.
According to CBS Philly, Ashley Rodgers’s 4-month-old daughter, Journi Black, was asleep on a bed when the mother took her 6-year-old son, Jordan, to the bathroom. The mom said she suddenly heard a noise.
Rodgers described what happened next:
“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.”
According to the Associated Press, KYW-TV reported the girl was taken to the hospital, where she needed more than 60 stitches and was given a rabies shot.
The girl’s father, Samuel Black, was furious the wild animal was able to get inside their home:
“It’s just ridiculous. My daughter could have lost her life.”
KYW-TV reported the baby’s uncle, Kenny McDuffy, was baffled that something like this could happen:
“What was he going to do? Eat her? Kill her?”
Rodgers had already contacted her landlord earlier that night after she spotted a raccoon; she was told the animal had been scared off.
The baby’s father is placing the blame on the landlord for his daughter’s injuries:
“It is his responsibility. There’s no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors.”
The family had moved into their new first-floor apartment a few days ago.
Neighbors say it is common to see the raccoons roaming around near the home, especially with trash in the area. Barbara Butler told KYW-TV:
“It’s terrible around here with these raccoons, yes it is.”
But CBS Philly reported the landlord may have bigger problems than raccoons.
The city’s Licenses and Inspections Department spokeswoman said the homeowner doesn’t have a rental license and if the rooms are being rented, he’s doing it illegally.
As far as the raccoon problem, according to KYW-TV:
The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia said an officer responded to the home, but couldn’t find the raccoon. Officers have since assessed the building and set traps. Officials say no raccoons have been caught yet
Doctors told baby Journi’s family it will be at least a year for her to fully recover from the attack. KYW-TV reported her parents intend to pursue legal action against the landlord.
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