Ga. man charged after baby attacked by raccoons

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

Authorities tell 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 says 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 says the Department of Natural Resources has charged Cannon with holding and possessing game species without game holding permit and unlawful possession or use of wildlife.

A woman who answered the phone at Cannon's home said they had no comment.

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

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tuffenuf4u 11/18/10 - 10:26 pm
In the words of an old wise

In the words of an old wise man, If you free a snake from a trap, and it then bites you, do you know why it bit you? Because it is still a snake!

raul 11/18/10 - 11:00 pm
How about charging him with

How about charging him with child endangerment and whatever other charges are applicable? How dumb. Racoons are still wild animals.

dougk 11/18/10 - 11:49 pm
Yes, the death penalty should

Yes, the death penalty should apply. The father should have known that his pets would attack his 9-month old. Premeditated attempted homicide, for sure.

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