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Infant in Indiana Survives 50 Rat Bites, Parents Charged with Neglect

Carl Belen
  • A six-month-old baby in Evansville, Indiana, was bitten over 50 times by rats, leading to significant blood loss.
  • The infant's parents and live-in aunt were arrested on neglect charges.
  • All children from the home have been placed in foster care.

In a shocking case from Evansville, Indiana, a six-month-old infant suffered over 50 rat bites while sleeping in his crib. The bites were so severe that the child almost died due to significant blood loss. The baby's injuries included missing flesh from the fingers on his right hand, exposing the bones. After the incident, the child required a blood transfusion and was airlifted to Indianapolis for emergency medical care.

The parents, David and Angel Schonabaum, along with the infant's live-in aunt, Delania Thurman, were arrested and charged with neglect. The Evansville Police Department described the home as being overwhelmed with rodents, with evidence of clutter, trash, and discarded food items. The house also had other children living in it, all of whom have now been placed in foster care.

Sergeant Anna Gray of the Evansville PD highlighted the severity of the neglect, noting that in her 20 years of service, she had never encountered a case where rats had fed on a child. The parents and the aunt remain in custody, with bail set for each individual.

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