Police say ferret bit baby; parents charged

Associated Press, 02/22/98 17:21

CLEVELAND (AP) - A 5-week-old girl was in stable condition after being bitten at least 50 times by a pet ferret, and police charged her parents with felony child endangering.

Samantha M. Grabski was bitten on the face and chest while she lay between her parents, who had fallen asleep after drinking beer late Wednesday, police said. She required about 100 stitches and was in stable condition Sunday at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Her mother, Olga Torres, told officers she did not know the baby had been attacked until she woke up Thursday morning.

Torres, 21, and John B. Grabski, 22, were in custody Sunday pending a bail hearing scheduled for Monday.

Police Sgt. Mark Hastings said prosecutors filed felony charges against Grabski and Torres because the injuries were related to their use of alcohol.

Four other children, all under age 7, were placed with relatives, Hastings said.

The ferret was taken to the city kennel for rabies tests.

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