Fourth Estate Staff
Magnolia, AK, United States (4E) – A newborn girl was taken to a hospital due to having 75 to 100 rat bites and police from Magnolia, Arkansas arrested the parents.
Police said the crib where the girl was before being taken to a hospital was covered in blood and had rat footprints and droppings. The 15-day-old baby was taken to a local hospital on Sunday. She had to undergo surgery to close a one-inch wide wound on her forehead from the bites.
Police said the skull of the baby was visible from the open wound. The bites were found on her face, arms and head. It is believed the rats fed on the girl for several hours.
The parents were identified as 19-year-old Erica Shrycock and 18-year-old Charles Elliott. They were taken into custody on suspicion of endangering the welfare of a minor. The charges have not been identified yet and they have not entered any plea.
Police said Elliot woke up at around 5:30 a.m. to the child’s cries. He checked on the newborn and noticed the bloody rat footprints in the crib. They delayed seeking medical attendance for the baby for fear that they would lose her.
The parents reportedly knew that they had a rodent problem in their home but failed to address it. Police arrested them after the authorities were called to a hospital where a child was receiving treatment for severe rat bites.
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