Baby bitten nearly 100 times by pet rat
Associated Press, 05/07/98 17:22
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A 6-month-old boy was in critical condition
after being bitten nearly 100 times by his family's 5-pound pet rat.
The 21-year-old mother of Lamonte Coruthers told police that the baby had
been asleep in a bedroom for 10 to 15 minutes Wednesday when she went
to check on him and found him covered with blood. She said she had had
the stereo on and did not hear any cries from him.
The child lost a large amount of blood and may need reconstructive surgery
on the muscle of his upper left arm, police spokeman Dee Anderson said.
The child also had bites on his face, right arm and left foot.
Animal control officers captured and destroyed the white rat, which had
apparently escaped from a fish tank, Anderson said.
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