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.