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Parents arrested after baby has up to 200 rat bites
KMTR ^ | May 4, 2006 | AP

Posted on 05/04/2006 4:39:12 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy

A six-month-old Medford baby was bitten by a rat up to 200 times after it escaped from its cage in the boy's room.

Police say the parents, 21-year-old Robert Horsfall and 19-year-old Maegan McCleary, found the rodent near a creek.

Police say they took the infant to the emergency room at Rogue Valley Medical Center in Medford. Detectives say the parents apparently believed the rat was a domestic breed.

They brought it home and kept it in a cage in the room where they slept with the baby.

The next morning they found that the rat had escaped and bitten the boy. He had from 100 to 200 bites all over his body, including his face. He is being treated for infected wounds.

A second child at the home was placed in foster care.

The parents are being held in the Jackson County Jail on criminal mistreatment allegations.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: abuse; idiots; kerryvoters; neglect; stupid; stupidparents; wildanimal
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Who the hell finds a rat and brings it home as a pet? Do they bring home pet cockroaches and lice too?
1 posted on 05/04/2006 4:39:13 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Had to read it twice to determine if it was the rat or the boy that had escaped the cage and I'm still not sure which.


2 posted on 05/04/2006 4:42:02 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Keep your kids away from DemocRATs.


3 posted on 05/04/2006 4:42:34 PM PDT by Yankee
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To: Bubba_Leroy

This is just wierd. Their side of the argument basically boils down to "We weren't neglectful, we're just stupid!"

There's nothing wrong with having a pet rat (I've had three over the years, and they're unbelievably bright animals), but any idiot knows that you don't just bring home any rat you catch in the wild. The thing could have anything from rabies to the bubonic plague!


4 posted on 05/04/2006 4:43:31 PM PDT by Arthalion
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To: Bubba_Leroy
Forget the insanity of a rat as pet. Who the hell puts a 6-month old anywhere near a rat. Why not place him straight in the drains? I hope these nitwits goto prison.
5 posted on 05/04/2006 4:44:16 PM PDT by raj bhatia
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To: Bubba_Leroy

They didn't know the child had been bitten 200 times until the NEXT MORNING? You could assume the baby was screaming while he was being bitten and nobody even checked on him. Disgusting slime ball parents!!


6 posted on 05/04/2006 4:49:54 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama (Al-Queda can recruit on college campuses but the US military can't! --FReeper airborne)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
They brought it home and kept it in a cage in the room where they slept with the baby.

A normal baby might cry during the night and parents would wake up. A baby with 200 painful bites would be screaming...and parents would wake up? Right?

7 posted on 05/04/2006 4:50:29 PM PDT by Sender (“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.” – Old Chinese proverb)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I would not be surprised if they were WWF (not the wrastlin' thing) or ELF members.
8 posted on 05/04/2006 4:54:56 PM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Bubba_Leroy
A second child at the home was placed in foster care.

No word on when, or if, rat-bite-baby will be removed from custody of his "parents".
The parents are being held in the Jackson County Jail on criminal mistreatment stupidity allegations.
9 posted on 05/04/2006 4:57:01 PM PDT by caryatid (Jolie Blonde, 'gardez donc, quoi t'as fait ...)
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To: PistolPaknMama

That was my first thought.

Wasn't the baby screaming?


10 posted on 05/04/2006 4:58:26 PM PDT by It's me
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To: Bubba_Leroy

feed 'em to the hogs.


11 posted on 05/04/2006 4:59:25 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (The GOP should not fall for the soft bigotry of assuming all Hispanics are pro-amnesty.)
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To: PistolPaknMama; Sender

I was thinking the same thing.

A baby would not just lie there silently while being bitten repeatedly. I'd say the kid would be screaming from the first bite.

Something is just not right in this story. Besides the obvious idiocy of the parents in bringing home a wild rat for a pet.


12 posted on 05/04/2006 4:59:26 PM PDT by RMDupree (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
. . . the parents, 21-year-old Robert Horsfall and 19-year-old Maegan McCleary . . .

What kind of "parents" are these? The kind who can't be bothered with marriage.

13 posted on 05/04/2006 5:02:04 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Bubba_Leroy

They just ignored the baby as it screamed in pain?


14 posted on 05/04/2006 5:03:06 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Strap the parents down in a cell with 100 hungry rats for a just punishment.


15 posted on 05/04/2006 5:04:13 PM PDT by Kenny500c
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Parents must be meth tweakers


16 posted on 05/04/2006 5:09:32 PM PDT by Horatio Gates (When it hits the fan, it may not be evenly distributed.)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

17 posted on 05/04/2006 5:10:57 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Bubba_Leroy
I would expect children to try to keep a pet rat. This article makes me sad. These people are very young. There is no way they are prepared financially for a baby. Still, I would rather the baby stay with them. I just hope they take parenting classes and find a supportive church. A wild pet rat is not an appropriate pet for people with a small child ,however CPS will use this as an excuse to take babies away from people who have dogs.
18 posted on 05/04/2006 5:18:25 PM PDT by after dark
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Parents must be meth tweakers

DING, DING, DING. We have a winner!

That was my first thought when I read the article. If not meth, they had to be on something. There is no way anyone could be that stupid and not be on drugs. In the long run, the rat probably saved the baby's life.

19 posted on 05/04/2006 5:40:29 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: after dark
I would expect children to try to keep a pet rat... There is no way they are prepared financially for a baby.

A six-month old wanted to keep the rat as a pet?? Give me a break. The only thing in common with this couple and babies is that they can make them... not much beyond that.

Perhaps a supportive church can help, but let's face it -- these people are off to a very bad start.

20 posted on 05/04/2006 5:42:22 PM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: after dark
Still, I would rather the baby stay with them.

You have got to be kidding.

Ignore for a moment that they found a rat outside and brought it home as a pet. Ignore for a moment that they decided to keep it in the same room as their baby.

The rat bit the baby 100 to 200 times while they were sleeping in the same room. How many hours was the baby screaming at the top of its lungs before they checked on it?

They had to be passed out drunk or on drugs. There is no other explanation.

21 posted on 05/04/2006 5:46:41 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (What did Rather know and when did he know it?)
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To: Bubba_Leroy

"Who the hell finds a rat and brings it home as a pet? "

Here's a guess: The same kind of folks who have kids at a young age out of wedlock.


22 posted on 05/04/2006 6:10:24 PM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com/)
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To: Bubba_Leroy; ken in texas
Both of you are falling into the trap of thinking foster care will prevent bad things from happening to poor children.Most of the foster care children I have met have been treated horribly by the foster care system. Bubba ,I doubt it takes a rat long to bite an hundred times. Dogs and cats are capable of killing with one bite.You are opening the door for parents who are dog and cat owners to be scrutinized by CPS. Unless these two young people really are on drugs ,there still may be hope of teaching these two proper parenting skills.Don't believe for one moment that foster care will give this baby to Daddy Warbucks. Even impoverished parents love their kids more than a foster mother who knows the state can take her foster children away at any time. Also notice how intolerant C.P.S. is of impoverished white people. If this couple had been illegal immigrants , we would never have heard of this and the baby would have quietly have been returned to the parents.
23 posted on 05/04/2006 6:19:11 PM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark
Both of you are falling into the trap of thinking foster care will prevent bad things from happening to poor children...

Sorry bud... I've not fallen into any trap. I realize that foster care is not a cure-all, but this family is not off to a good start. Please don't get holier-than-thou here.

24 posted on 05/04/2006 6:30:53 PM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: raj bhatia
"I hope these nitwits goto prison."

What do you consider them to be guilty of? (other than the obvious degree of stupidity and recklessness)

And I'm not trying to criticize your statement - I'm just curious.

25 posted on 05/04/2006 6:41:11 PM PDT by Nova
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"Strap the parents down in a cell with 100 hungry rats for a just punishment."

Even if they're not junkies?

Many here appear to believe that the baby had to have been screaming for some time, and that the parents must have been zombied out on drugs.

But what if that's not truly the case and the parents were just stupid; would you still say that?

26 posted on 05/04/2006 6:55:18 PM PDT by Nova
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To: Arthalion

I've had pet rats as well and while they're incredibly smart and gentle, it did take a while for each of the two older females to get used to being handled, and being handled specifically by me. I did get bitten a few times while learning the difference between how books and websites say to handle a rat and how to really safely and comfortably handle one!

From that, I can say with complete assurance that if a rat bites a baby enough to leave 200 bite marks, they're going to be HOWLING. I admit to saying a few not so nice things myself and having tears brought to my eyes a time or two, and I was about 22 when I had them.

Did I mention I never got nailed more than once at a time?


27 posted on 05/04/2006 7:02:38 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (I am so proud of what we were...)
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To: ken in texas

The article only established that these two are ignorant ,poor, and young. Ignorant people can usually be taught. They have certainly learned they can not keep rats as pets. Spare me any diatribes about how poor people should not be allowed to keep children. CPS should make them take parenting classes and visit them to make sure they follow through on what they learn .


28 posted on 05/04/2006 7:11:35 PM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark
Spare me any diatribes about how poor people should not be allowed to keep children.

I never said that... if you think I did go take a remedial reading course. Goodbye.

29 posted on 05/04/2006 7:15:08 PM PDT by ken in texas (come fold with us.... team #36120)
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To: Fire_on_High
This was a wild rat. I am not a rat expert but they are scavengers which means they must eat their food fast.I have seen videos of a rat gnawing through rope. They can probably bite more than a hundred times in a minute.
30 posted on 05/04/2006 7:20:10 PM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark

Butting in here....
I don't trust CPS to be competent enough to follow through.I'm not sure what an alternative oversight dept. would be.
Anyway I would fear that something would happen to the children once they regain custody and in between those follow up visits. So many children get lost in the system, and frankly there isn't a child welfare system that I would put much faith in.
Did the article say these young people were poor?


31 posted on 05/04/2006 7:21:55 PM PDT by mother22wife21 ("When preferences become principles then anything anyone chooses to do will become acceptable...")
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To: ken in texas

Oh my! I fear I have offended you. You meant to write reeducation camp. Trust me I have read more books than your kind will ever read !


32 posted on 05/04/2006 7:40:24 PM PDT by after dark
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To: mother22wife21
CPS does need to be reformed . The excuse that there are not enough social workers to check up on these people does not wash. I think foster families get visited once a week. This child has survived for six months. Neglectful parents would not have taken the baby to an emergency room.I think these people could learn to be good parents. You sound like someone who would like to take care of the whole world.If those kids are put into foster care there is a greater chance they will be lost in the system.I would rather see children with loving parents who sometimes make mistakes than with smart but indifferent foster parents.Children really want to be loved by those who take care of them.
33 posted on 05/04/2006 7:56:35 PM PDT by after dark
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To: Nova
Endangering the life of an infant. Not a straight comparison, but its like locking an adult up with someone else's pit bull. In a rat vs. 6-month old case, the rat will win hands down.
34 posted on 05/04/2006 9:02:15 PM PDT by raj bhatia
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To: raj bhatia

I'm rather surprised at the anger and outrage directed at these parents; but at the same time, I'm comforted by the realization that you would have put my parents' heads on pikes.


35 posted on 05/04/2006 9:37:37 PM PDT by Nova
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To: raj bhatia
These people kept the rat in a cage. It was not their intention to allow the baby and the rat to play together. The rat escaped from the cage.All the rat needed was two minutes to bite the baby 200 times. This is a tragic story. Unless the state can find more proof of abuse and neglect , the state should return the baby. Those simpletons just saw rats in pets stores and assumed rats were safe. Foster care has done way more damage to children than those simpletons .
36 posted on 05/04/2006 9:52:12 PM PDT by after dark
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To: martin_fierro

Is Siberian hamster!

37 posted on 05/05/2006 7:58:10 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: martin_fierro

I know I shouldn't say this, but shouldn't there be some kind of law against two lobotomy patients being allowed to breed?


38 posted on 05/05/2006 8:21:49 AM PDT by JewishRighter
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Tie the parents up and let the hungry rat loose to bite them. See if their perception changes...


39 posted on 05/05/2006 9:36:47 AM PDT by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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"I know I shouldn't say this, but shouldn't there be some kind of law against two lobotomy patients being allowed to breed?"

Once there were some people who had the same idea. To make a long story short, they pushed that idea to its ultimate conclusion ,and things did not work out very well.Would you like to repeat history?


40 posted on 05/05/2006 9:36:54 AM PDT by after dark
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To: JewishRighter

I know I shouldn't say THIS, but I think anyone who has a "pet RAT" is a bit off.


41 posted on 05/05/2006 9:40:12 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

"Tie the parents up and let the hungry rat loose to bite them. See if their perception changes..."

You are brilliant! Get rid of CPS.Parents who make mistakes should be forced to endure what their children endure.My parents forced me to go to a terrible public school. They should be forced to set through a public school as bad as the one I went to.Seriously ,why do you people want to punish these people worse than child molesters are punished?Every year children drown in pools are we going to start drowning the parents of drowned children .


42 posted on 05/05/2006 10:00:54 AM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark

Since my comment was not directed at you, it did not require a response from you. Responding to anything not directed at you, WILL cause misinterpretation. So, as they say, MIND YOU OWN BUSINESS...


43 posted on 05/05/2006 10:08:12 AM PDT by Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin
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To: Mrs. Darla Ruth Schwerin

You are the one who wants to torture a family you don't know . Follow your own advice, bully girl.


44 posted on 05/05/2006 10:12:01 AM PDT by after dark
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To: martin_fierro

Damn, she doesn't look a day over 35. Not that bad for a meth addicted 19 year old, must be in the failry early stages of her addiction.


45 posted on 05/05/2006 10:15:47 AM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: Toby06
Her mug shot looks like a mug shot.

Aren't meth addicts skinny?
46 posted on 05/05/2006 10:21:30 AM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark

Repeat after me:

I am we todd did.
I am sofa king we todd did.


47 posted on 05/05/2006 10:24:35 AM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: Toby06

No!Speak for yourself!


48 posted on 05/05/2006 10:29:24 AM PDT by after dark
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To: after dark
Wow, you get the witty comeback award!

NOT!

49 posted on 05/05/2006 10:35:22 AM PDT by Toby06 (Make illegal immigration illegal!)
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To: Toby06

You are so sweet!


50 posted on 05/05/2006 10:42:22 AM PDT by after dark
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