Raccoon attacks baby

, Posted: Thu, April 24 2014 at 1:25 PM, Updated: Thu, April 24 2014 at 1:54 PM

Kountze, Texas --- (KBMT News) A newborn is recovering and his mother faces possible criminal charges after police say a pet raccoon attacked the infant.

Police officers were called to the Kountze, Texas home on April 12.

There, officers found a then two-week-old baby boy with lacerations across his left eye and across the top of his head.

Officers say the child was bleeding profusely. A preliminary investigation suggests the baby was left inside the home alone with two pet raccoons.

Police say Darby's boyfriend told them that he ran to find the raccoon slapping the baby in the face after hearing the baby screaming from outside the home. 

The newborn was flown from the house in Kountze to Texas Children's hospital in Houston where he was released two days later to his mother's custody. Texas Parks and Wildlife says the family was housing two raccoons without a proper license or permit. The agency says the animals were euthanized on scene as a safety precaution. Their remains were sent to Houston for rabies tests.

The Hardin County Health Department says tests showed the two raccoons did not have rabies or any other diseases.  

The boy's mother says the animal was trying to pick up her son and scratched him, saying that the injuries did not require stitches.

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