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Mother says ferret mutilated infant

December 21, 2006|From Times Wire Reports

A woman jailed in Benton after four of her infant daughter's toes were gnawed off says the family's pet ferret did it, not their pit bull pup as her husband had said.

"The way the bite marks were on her foot, the ferret being out of its cage, I knew it wasn't the dog," Mary Hansche, 22, told KTBS-TV.

Authorities said it did not matter which pet was at fault and jailed Hansche and her husband Christopher, 26, in lieu of $50,000 bond each, on charges of child desertion and criminal negligence. The infant is in state custody.

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