Friday, December 30, 2011

Parents of child who lost fingers in ferret attack say they're broke

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The sad case of the ferret attack takes another turn.
  • The sad case of the ferret attack takes another turn.
The story of the parents whose child lost seven fingers in a ferret attack has taken another odd turn. In January, Ryan and Carrie Waldo's 4-month-old baby girl had seven fingers chewed off (leaving only the thumbs and part of a pinkie) by the family pet in Grain Valley. The parents told police that they had fallen asleep and awoke when the girl screamed in pain. Cellphone records later showed that the parents were texting from different locations the evening of the attack, casting doubt on their version of events. In June, the parents were charged with first-degree child endangerment. Both pleaded not guilty.

In November, the Waldos missed a pretrial hearing, which prompted arrest warrants to be issued for them. An attorney representing Ryan Waldo told the court that public judgment of the couple has been harsh, and they are too broke to afford representation, according to KCTV Channel 5 News.

Dan Miller told a judge that he's working for Ryan Waldo on a pro bono basis, and that both parents have lost their jobs in the fallout of the accusations.

"They have been left destitute by this. I have never seen people treated this roughly before a trial," Miller told the court. "All they did was buy a ferret for their child. The Wicked Witch of the East or June Cleaver would have never been able to see this happening to a child and by that ferret," he said, according to the Channel 5.

Carrie Waldo was appointed a public defender. The couple's next court appearance has not yet been scheduled.

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