Dad charged after Ga. raccoon attack on baby

COVINGTON, Ga. - Authorities have filed charges against the father of a baby attacked by raccoons.

 

 Authorities told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 35-year-old Michael Wayne Cannon had raised the animals as pets since June, even bottle- feeding them.

Newton County sheriff's Lt. Tyrone Oliver said the raccoons often entered the Covington home through open windows and side panels of window air conditioning units.

The 9-month-old girl was attacked in her crib Nov. 3 while her mother was in the same room.

She spent 12 days in the hospital for serious injuries.

Oliver said the Department of Natural Resources has charged Cannon with holding and possessing game species without a game holding permit and unlawful possession or use of wildlife.

Cannon was released from the Newton County jail on $2,000 bond.

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