Dad charged after Ga. raccoon attack on baby

Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 6:33 AM
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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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DMac_357
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DMac_357 11/19/10 - 08:57 am
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I don't understand how people

I don't understand how people can be so fascinated with animals, other things, etc., to the point that you'll put your family, especially a 9-month baby in danger. Why would the mother allow wild animals to enter the home at any time and not demand that windows be closed and side panel on air conditioners be fixed so the raccoons or any other wild animal couldn't enter the house, especially with a defenseless baby in the home? Fathers are supposed to do everything to keep their families safe, not bring the danger to the home themselves.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/19/10 - 09:18 am
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I'd been wondering how that

I'd been wondering how that baby girl fared. I pray that she has a full recovery.
I'm sure that it never crossed the dad's mind when he took in the raccoon babies to care for that they'd cause this kind of harm. He must live with the knowledge that his decision resulted in such a tragic outcome.

aureliusdios
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aureliusdios 11/19/10 - 09:39 am
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A baby is bitten by raccoons

A baby is bitten by raccoons and the issue of money is the first comment made. Compassionate conservatism at its best!
Hopefully, the child will be fine, the Dad will realize his mistake and the family will go on to flourish!

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 11/19/10 - 10:08 am
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Aurelius, what lead you to

Aurelius, what lead you to believe that the commenter is either? (Compassionate or Conservative?)

Einstein
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Einstein 11/19/10 - 10:30 am
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Who paid the medical expenses

Who paid the medical expenses could have been another news story, I guess. Instead of posting the same story twice, that would have been an improvement.

Einstein
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Einstein 11/19/10 - 10:56 am
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Who paid the medical expenses

Who paid the medical expenses could have been another news story, I guess. Instead of posting the same story twice, that would have been an improvement.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/19/10 - 11:30 am
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As much as I hate all the

As much as I hate all the free handouts, when it comes to the health of a child I do not care, and who says these parents did not have health care, that is a nasty assumption and even if they didn't it is not the childs fault. I pray that this child will be ok and I pray that this father has learned from the mistake he made, although he made a bad decision I doubt that he ever wanted his child to be injured and I feel that perhaps his intention was good, maybe he called himself rescuing the raccoons.

Onethingreal
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Onethingreal 11/19/10 - 12:28 pm
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Ignorance leads to tragedy.

Ignorance leads to tragedy. A sperm donor does not a father make. He was doing a disservice to the raccoons and an abomination to the baby.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/19/10 - 12:34 pm
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You can thank all the

You can thank all the environmentalist wackos and PETA-types for this kind of outrage, along with every stripe of Earth worshipper.

When people start thinking of wild animals as simply another kind of "person", this is what happens. Animals are not people, no matter how much some foolish people try to convince themselves and others that they are. Not even dogs or cats, and certainly not snakes or raccoons.

It is incumbent upon us to treat animals with respect and not to be cruel to them, but attributing human perceptions and sensibilities to them can be a deadly error.

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burninater 11/19/10 - 01:21 pm
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Alternatively, you could

Alternatively, you could blame the guy that did it. Only you can choose between knee-jerk politicization and personal accountability, Fiat. Only you.

(Hopefully that helpful talking bear reference doesn't compel you to start feeding grizzlies in your home but, if it does, we'll be sure to blame it on Smokey and the USFS in the interest of enlightened rationality ... maybe we can work Yogi and Booboo in there while we're at it)

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/19/10 - 02:15 pm
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The Chronicle posted this

The Chronicle posted this exact same story twice. There is no good reason for doing that.

Same Story

mable8
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mable8 11/19/10 - 03:40 pm
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aureliusdios: "A baby is

aureliusdios: "A baby is bitten by raccoons and the issue of money is the first comment made. Compassionate conservatism at its best!" The article says nothing about an issue of money, particularly in the first comments as you state. What it does tell us is that the father had been raising the baby raccoons since June and had been bottle-feeding them; one has to agree this is not a splendid scenario especially when there is a new baby in the house (who would have been about 4 months of age when the raccoons moved in). The only other thing in the article regarding the raccoons is that dad will be charged for violating wildlife laws and has been released on a bond (most people charged with a crime do get out on bond). At any rate, let us all pray for a full recovery for the infant; dad's foolishness has already cost him more than he bargained for.

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johnston.cliff 11/19/10 - 04:11 pm
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Hey, for all you tree huggers

Hey, for all you tree huggers and wild animal feeders, ignore this stupid story. There is no such thing as a dangerous animal unless some conservative trained it. The rest of the wild animals (untainted by evil conservative training) are safe for you and your families to snuggle.
Don't take my word for it, go see for yourselves. It's what all geniuses do.

aureliusdios
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aureliusdios 11/19/10 - 04:58 pm
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Yes, the articles says

Yes, the articles says nothing about money. The first posted comment (that has been removed) referred to the tax payers having to foot the bill for the baby's injuries. Clearly, the AC found it too harsh to be posted and removed it. And I totally agree with the removal of the comment.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/19/10 - 06:51 pm
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Well, if you agreed with it,

Well, if you agreed with it, why the heck did you re-post the information yourself? Just amazing.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/19/10 - 06:56 pm
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Burninator, it's somewhat

Burninator, it's somewhat unusual for you to go so far down the road of assuming something not written. I'm a little surprised. The father already had been thoroughly castigated for his irresponsibility in other comments, but, IMO, that kind of action probably was more the result of stupidity than of irresponsibility. And now, it is a cultural phenomenon.

But then, perhaps you disagree completely.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/19/10 - 11:18 pm
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Fiat Lux wrote: You can thank

Fiat Lux wrote:

You can thank all the environmentalist wackos and PETA-types for this kind of outrage, along with every stripe of Earth worshipper.

Burninater wrote:

Alternatively, you could blame the guy that did it. Only you can choose between knee-jerk politicization and personal accountability, Fiat. Only you.

Fiat Lux wrote:

Well, if you agreed with it, why the heck did you re-post the information yourself? Just amazing.

Either cool it, or get a room, guys.

momster59
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momster59 11/20/10 - 12:19 am
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LittleLamb @ your

LittleLamb @ your 11:18
"Either cool it, or get a room, guys."
Priceless! LMAO

Cadence
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Cadence 11/20/10 - 08:01 am
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I don't quite understand how

I don't quite understand how this happened with Mom in the same room, I mean didn't the baby start to cry? I'm glad the child is ok and the animals were not rabid. It's an unfortunate incident.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/20/10 - 11:27 pm
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LL, did you even realize that

LL, did you even realize that my 6:51 comment which you quoted was in response to the comment immediately before mine, by aureliusdios, and NOT by Burninator? I don't think you actually picked up on that.

I'm not even sure you understood what Burninator was saying to me. The level of our conversation with each other is usually respectful and civil, even though we agree on almost nothing.

I can't say the same for many others on here and that's the truth.

And I can't help but wonder exactly what you think I ought to "cool". Are you now an AC moderator or comments sheriff? If you are, comprehension would be a plus.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/20/10 - 11:25 pm
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BTW, "get a room" pretty much

BTW, "get a room" pretty much "jumped the shark" several years back.

mdb67
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mdb67 11/21/10 - 10:04 am
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Wow...its true you cannot fix

Wow...its true you cannot fix stupid!!!

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