Thursday, May 04, 2006
How miserably stupid!
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A six-month-old Medford baby was bitten by a rat up to 200 times after it escaped from its cage in the boy's room. Police say the parents, 21-year-old Robert Horsfall and 19-year-old Maegan McCleary, found the rodent near a creek. Police say they took the infant to the emergency room at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Detectives say the parents apparently believed the rat was a domestic breed. They brought it home and kept it in a cage in the room where they slept with the baby. The next morning they found that the rat had escaped and bitten the boy. He had from 100 to 200 bites all over his body, including his face. He is being treated for infected wounds. A second child at the home was placed in foster care. The parents are being held in the Jackson County Jail on criminal mistreatment allegations.
First of all, what business does an apparently unmarried couple, ages 21 and 19, have pretending to be competent at child rearing? All they're doing is playing house.
Secondly, only the most inbred, back woods, mountain oyster eating, mouth-breathers would find a rat near a creek and assume it's the "domesticated breed". What domesticated breeds of rats are there? There's only one kind of rat...and that's the kind that ends up under my dissecting microscope in the lab. Finding any nocturnal animal unafraid and out in the daylight is a sure sign that's it's either hurt or has rabies. In either case, whatever you do, you do not bring it home.
Third, they put a wild animal in a room with a six month old baby...enough said!
Lastly, how drunk or high or both did they have to be to not notice a rat gnawing on their baby...in the same room? I mean 100-200 bites would take even the most efficient rat hours to produce. How many parents do you know who go that long without checking on a six month old baby?
Thankfully the courts had the wisdom to take the other child away from these cretins. Lets hope it's permanent.