Parents of Baby Attacked by Ferret Should Have Their Fingers Chewed Off


horrible ferretFinally, the parents of that poor 4-month-old who got 7 of his fingers chewed off by the family ferret are being charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Originally, Ryan and Carrie Waldo of Missouri claimed that they were home sleeping when the attack took place and that the ferret never bit anyone before, but it turns out the couple left the baby home alone with the animal, even though it did in fact have a history of biting. (Have you stopped screaming yet?) So, I'm not ordinarily an eye-for-an-eye kind of gal, but child endangerment is way too weak a charge for these ingrates. In this case, the punishment must fit the crime: These parents absolutely must have their own fingers chewed off by ferrets. Rabid ones, if possible.

I can't even begin to imagine the agonizing pain that baby experienced. I mean, 7 fingers?? How long did that horror show last? The poor little thing must have screamed until his throat was raw, and still nobody came to his aid, because nobody was home?!?!?! You can't leave a 4-month-old at home alone, even if there isn't a vicious sharp-toothed pet in the house.

Hey, I'm a mom and I know accidents happen, so I usually give other parents the benefit of the doubt when freak things occur. I know all too well how possible it is to be standing right next to your kid when he slips and falls face first into the coffee table, busting open his lower lip: It takes no more than a split second for these catastrophes to transpire. But this time? No way. No benefit of the doubt. Just a small, locked cell filled with hungry ferrets -- that's all I'm willing to give these two.

How do you think the Waldos should be punished?


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Jen Shadrick

OMG im at a loss for words!!! i feel so bad for that  poor baby!!!

Marjc... Marjchaos

Ferrets are bitey in general. They have sharp teeth, thick hides, and biting is a normal part of thier play. You can bet loonies who would leave a baby home alone, much less with an uncaged ferret (which is dangerous for the animal), would not have tried to train that sicker not to bite. That poor baby...basically eaten alive, at least partially.

Pua Smith

That poor, poor baby. I agree. Feed them to angry, HUNGRY, rabid ferrets.

butte... butterflymkm

Hah, I knew it! As a proud owner of two ferrets who have never even nipped my two year old I KNEW there was more tothis story. That poor baby! Who leaves a 4 month old home alone anyway? Also they should be charged with animal abuse or the animals body should have been checked for disease because while a ferret may bite in play or in self defense I doubt It needed to defend itself from a baby and was probably starving to death or had rabies. Animals are not babysitters & while I believe they are an amazing addition to any family unit, a child that young should never be left alone.

Also we do not cage our ferrets, they use potty pads and have the run of the top floor of the house while we are in the bottom & our DD is never left alone upstairs with them. If you train properly & effectively you do not HAVE to cage them but yes keep all animals with a history of biting away from kids.

crsun... crsunshine81

That is so horrible, such a horrible disgrace!  Why would they have an animal that is prone to bite loose around a baby!  Also, how could the parents not hear the baby crying??  The poor baby was suffering for a while for that ferret to get to seven fingers! 

The punishment should fit the crime, for sure.  Especially on a defensless innocent baby.

Aren Foskey

i cant explain how bad my heart feels and i dont even know that baby. i dont like pricking my finger never the less getting them chewed! my heart goes out to the nurses having to doctor that baby bc id be addmited to for a broken heart

Lovem... Lovemykidstw

That is awful!! I agree the parents should have their fingers chewed off also. I believe if our justice system was mor eye for an eye, then we would have far less crimes! What kind of nutjob would leave their baby home alone, much less in the same room as a free animal. That is why you shouldn't leave your child alone with anykind of animal. This infuriates me!!!!

xoRay... xoRaychlXo

That poor child !!!!!!!

your right, they should get the same treatment .

nonmember avatar Gertie

Yes, they are bad parents. They should lose custody of their child immediately.


Bless that baby- these people don't deserve oxygen and should have no parental rights! Give that baby to someone who can care for it responsibly!

And as for the parents, piss poor they are-- feed em to the ferrets.

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