Mom Horrified After Raccoon Attacks 4-Month-Old Daughter

The baby girl needed 65 stitches to her face.

One of the unpleasant highlights of my year was witnessing a mouse run across my dining room, past my desk and under my couch. The next week was spent in sheer terror – with many nights sleeping on my neighbor’s sofa until the critter was exterminated. But at least that’s not a raccoon.

I must admit that I did feel like a wimp when a friend told me that she witnessed something far worse, a raccoon run inside her home. She lives up in Lake Arrowhead and she and her husband enjoy engaging with nature. But even they were freaked out by a rogue raccoon hiding out somewhere in their house.

It managed to avoid the trap that was set to humanely catch and release him or her into the wild. Instead it apparently fled out of my friends’ open patio doors back outside. Thankfully neither of their children was hurt and the only damage done to their home was some gnawed furniture and cushions in the playroom. But it could have been far worse.

The story of 4-month-old Journi Black from Philadelphia only underlines that fact. Just a few days before her first Christmas the little girl was left bloodied, with multiple cuts and bites over her face and the reason why this happened would sicken and anger even the most placid person.

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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