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A 4- Month-Old Philadelphia Infant Mauled by Raccoon, Gets 65 Stitches to Her Face

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A four-month-old infant was last week viciously mauled and dragged by a raccoon in a Philadelphia apartment while she was asleep.

Journi Black was sleeping in her bed last Wednesday when a raccoon managed to get into the home, drag the infant out of bed and attack her.

Rodgers told FOX29 Philadelphia earlier that she had just left the bed Wednesday night to take her 6-year-old son, Jordan, to the bathroom when the mauling happened.

“She was laying on the floor — across the room — blood all over her face and her PJs,” Rodgers said.

The baby was rushed to the hospital where she received 65 stitches in her face. Doctors said the baby’s recovery could take up to a year.

Rodgers moved her children to the one-room apartment a few days before the vicious attack. Tenants in the building have previously complained about a raccoon infestation. Rodgers said the apartment, which cost $375 a month for rent, was all she could afford for her family.

“It needs to be shut down. Everybody needs to leave out of there,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said she intended to seek legal action following the attack.

“It is [the landlord’s]responsibility. There’s no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors,” Samuel Black, the girl’s father, said.

 

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