Ga. man charged after baby attacked by raccoons


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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