Georgia Man Charged After Baby Attacked by Raccoons

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Covington, GA (AP) - Authorities have filed charges against the
father of a baby attacked by raccoons.

Authorities tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that
35-year-old Michael Wayne Cannon had raised the animals as pets
since June, even bottle feeding them.

Newton County Sheriff's Lt. Tyrone Oliver says the raccoons
often entered the Covington home through open windows and side
panels of window air conditioning units.

The 9-month-old girl was attacked in her crib Nov. 3 while her
mother was in the same room. She spent 12 days in the hospital for
serious injuries.

Oliver says the Department of Natural Resources has charged
Cannon with holding and possessing game species without game
holding permit and unlawful possession or use of wildlife.

A woman who answered the phone at Cannon's home said they had no comment.

Cannon was released from the Newton County jail on $2,000 bond.

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