Fa­ther charged af­ter rac­coon at­tack on baby

The Covington News - - Front page - By Am­ber Pittman

The fa­ther of a Newton County child who was at­tacked by rac­coons ear­lier this month has been charged with keep­ing the an­i­mals as pets.

Ac­cord­ing to Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Lt. Tyrone Oliver, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the sher­iff’s of­fice and the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources re­vealed that the child’s fa­ther, 35-year-old Michael Wayne Can­non, had brought the rac­coons home around June and had bot­tle-fed the an­i­mals. They were treated as fam­ily pets un­til a month ago when they were placed out­side of the home in the back­yard.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors were told that the rac­coons would of­ten gain ac­cess into the res­i­dence through open win­dows and side pan­els of the win­dow air-con­di­tion­ing units,” said Oliver in a press re­lease to­day.

Can­non has been charged by the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources with hold­ing and pos­sess­ing game species with­out game hold­ing per­mit and un­law­ful pos­ses­sion or use of wildlife. He was booked into the Newton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and posted a $2,000 bond.

Au­thor­i­ties were called to the home early on Nov. 3 af­ter the 9-month-old child’s mother woke up to find two rac­coons in the child’s bed, bit­ing her on the head, arms and legs. The child was trans­ported to Chil­dren’s Health­care of At­lanta at Egle­ston where she was treated un­til her re­lease late last week.

The mother had re­port­edly told au­thor­i­ties that the rac­coons had pushed their way into the bed­room through the side pan­els of a win­dow air con­di­tion­ing unit.

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