A four-month-old Missouri boy has lost seven fingers after his parents’ pet ferret gnawed them off while he was home alone.
Government employees found the baby with only two thumbs and part of a pinky finger after the ferret gnawed on his hand. The parents, Ryan R Waldo, 33, and Carrie R Waldo, 25, were charged in Jackson County, Missouri with first-degree child endangerment.
Documents filed as part of the charges state that the Waldos told police they were asleep when the ferret attack occurred on January 10 in their home. The couple said they awoke to find the boy screaming and bloody and that Ryan Waldo threw the ferret against the dishwasher, killing it.
Records show the parents called 911 from inside the home at about 2:30 a.m. The infant was taken to Children’s Mercy Hospital in critical condition, where seven fingers were amputated because they had been chewed down to the knuckles.
In March, investigators obtained cell 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.
The Waldos told investigators the ferret had never bitten anyone, but a person with a ferret rescue organization told their landlord the couple wanted to give up the animal because it had bitten the infant twice.
Court records also indicate two detectives serving a search warrant at the residence on the day of the incident discovered that the parents apparently had moved several items around in the residence, including the swing that the child had been sleeping in when the ferret had attacked. The swing had reportedly been cleaned, and the ferret’s cage had been removed.
In May, the Missouri State Highway Patrol crime laboratory reported that the ferret’s stomach contents screened positive for human blood.