A baby had to undergo surgery after being attacked by a raccoon inside her home in Philadelphia.
Four-month-old Journi Black was attacked in her home in North Philadelphia on Wednesday night, CBS Philadelphia reported.
Journi's mother, Ashley Rodgers, told the news outlet she was in the bathroom of her first-floor floor apartment with her 6-year-old son Wednesday evening when she heard her daughter screaming and crying.
"My daughter was laying on the bed sleeping, and I went to take my son to the bathroom. We heard a sound upstairs, and we see a raccoon run down the steps," Rodgers told CBS Philadelphia. "When I finally got to her, she was laying on the floor, so it had dragged her off the bed, across the room, and she was bleeding and crying and her whole face was red."
Journi was rushed to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, where she received 64 stitches during surgery. The infant also had to get a rabies shot and is said to be in fair condition, though doctors told the family it could take up to a year for the baby to fully recover.
"It's just ridiculous," the girl's father, Samuel Black, said. "My daughter could have lost her life."
Rodgers; her 6-year-old son, Jordan; and her daughter moved into the home just a few days before the attack occurred. Neighbors had said that raccoons were very common in the neighborhood, and Rodgers had reported a sighting to her landlord before the attack. The landlord told her he had chased the animal out, she said.
Animal control officers have since set a trap for the raccoon.
The family said it will pursue legal action.
"It is his responsibility. There's no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors," Black said.
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