Prosecutor: 6-Week-Old Ohio Baby Bitten By Rats

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Waverly, Ohio (AP) -- Three people have been charged with felony child endangering for failing to prevent a six-week-old Ohio girl from being bitten by rats.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk says 18-year-old Todd Trent and 33-year-old Joseph Gunter and his wife, 29-year-old Tina Gunter, were in court for an initial hearing Tuesday, and a judge set bond at $210,000 each.

All three are being held in the Ross County Jail pending a plea hearing in two weeks.

Junk says Trent is the boyfriend of the baby's mother, who is a juvenile. He declined to identify her or say if she would be charged.

He says all four shared a cluttered mobile home.

The baby is in fair condition at a Columbus hospital.

Junk says her toes on one foot had been chewed off when sheriff's deputies went to the mobile home Sunday after receiving an anonymous tip.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by Combat Vet Location: Ohio on Oct 8, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    Disgusting to say the least---i wonder if perhaps this is the 3rd or 4th generation of deadbeats living off government programs---sitting around in filth drinking and smoking pot while their poor baby is being eaten alive by rats!!!Where was child services---can't tell me that they did not know of the filthy and deplorable living conditions.
  • by michelle Location: mass on Jul 28, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    this is just absolutely sickening, were they freaking watching this for entertainment?? by a tv for chrine out loud!.. what the hell, i just have no words for this, i say throw them out in the sewers tie the 3 of em to one another and let the rats just have there way with them.. WHAT the heck!
  • by Mercedes Location: New Orleans on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:40 AM
    Get this, the mother of the 17 year old whose baby was attacked by the rats is only 28 years old!!!!
  • by Ginger Location: Parkersburg on Jul 24, 2009 at 03:14 AM
    I agree 100% with all of your comments. People like this have a special place in hell just for them. I don't think they should ever get that precious little gift back. I also agree that people have children for the wrong reasons, money! But when you are financially better off to produce a few kids and live off the state until those kids are grown, why not! There is no incentive for the trash to better themselves. I'm not knocking the people who sincerely need this assistance, that is what it's there for. I don't, however, think the recipients are monitored very well. (Sorry, off the subject). But what to do with this Angel. There are just as many bad people taking these children to foster for the monetary gain. I know a gentleman (and his wife) who has tried to adopt on many occassions only to be turned down or given a child for 6 months then return that child to there biological addicts. It's not a perfect world. But the responsibility of a child would be a perfect place to start.
  • by males me sick Location: Ohio on Jul 23, 2009 at 06:41 AM
    Well first off let's make sure none of them can have children ever again! The Poor innocent baby this makes me sick!
  • by Disgusted Location: Parkersburg on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:06 AM
    You ask why didn't these people give this child up for adoption - Probably because of the tax breaks and welfare money they get because of the child. Some children are worth nothing more than what some government agency will give the worthless parents. They should never be able to see this child again and any future children they have should be taken away from them. There will be an especially hot place in hell one day for people that abuse children. It's a sad indication of how far our morals have declined when we don't punish these abusers sufficiently. Have you looked at the WV Sex Offender list recently to see the types of people that are walking the streets?
  • by vandriver Location: williamstown on Jul 22, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    This is so horrible for that little child. But just imagine the awful pain that an aborted baby goes through before it's killed by "human rats"!!! I pray that the good Lord will bless all the innocents in this world.
  • by Amy Location: Marietta on Jul 22, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    Makes me sick. These people do not deserve to ever have children in their custody again.
  • by dumbstruck Location: washington on Jul 22, 2009 at 09:30 AM
    So now the courts will give these folks a 6 month improvemnt period. If they visit the child once a month the judge will assume they care and BINGO the baby goes back for another round. You can bet if there were rats, there were also roaches, filth and squalor. When children are being raised in these kinds of filthy conditions, they should be permanently removed from the home, no improvement periods, no second chances, the kids deserve some rights too. The courts need to forget about parental rights, if the parents have allowed this to happen they deserve no rights. The courts need to focus on the children and give them a chance to a life without bug, rodents and disease.
  • by Brooke Location: CO on Jul 22, 2009 at 08:57 AM
    They're going to give the baby back to her after it lost its toes because they didn't care enough to save her, she shouldn't have been in a home with bitting rats anyway! Why didn't they bother to put her in a place safe where rats could not get to her? This is why I hate people, only can hurt others.
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