Raccoon breaks into home, viciously attacks sleeping baby (video, photos)

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A 4-month-old baby girl was attacked recently by an animal usually notorious for theft, not human aggression. Journi Black is now recovering from a vicious raccoon attack, after the animal drug the baby out of bed inside her North Philadelphia home earlier this week.

The attack occurred Wednesday night, according to Journi’s mother, Ashley Rodgers, who described the attack to CBS3.

“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,” said Rodgers. “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 underwent surgery and a series of rabies shots at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She will heal, although doctors said it could take a year for the baby to fully recover. (WARNING: Photos below are graphic and disturbing.)

Her father, Samuel Black, was angry about the incident. “It’s just ridiculous,” Black said. “My daughter could have lost her life.”

Rodgers says she had previously seen the raccoon earlier in the evening, and had contacted her landlord. Neighbors report that seeing raccoons is common, however, as there is usually trash in the area. Rodgers says her landlord responded, saying he’d chased the raccoon out.

After the raccoon attacked the baby, the landlord rushed her to the hospital. Still, the family says it intends to pursue legal action.

“It is his responsibility. There’s no reason an animal should have gotten into the house with minors,” Black said.

The family had reportedly just moved into the home six days earlier.

A spokeswoman for the city’s Licenses and Inspections Department tells Eyewitness News the homeowner, who purchased the property in May, does not have a rental license and that if he is renting rooms, he is doing so illegally.

“It needs to be shut down. Everybody needs to leave out of there,” Rodgers said.

Animal control officers set a trap for the raccoon, hoping to prevent another incident. The report did not explain how the animal got into the home.

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