Indiana parents are facing child neglect charges after their baby nearly died from rat bites, police said

The parents of an infant who nearly died from rat bites have been accused of child neglect after to the Indiana Police Department.

Police said they were called to a home on Linwood Avenue by 31-year-old David Schonabaum after he said he found his 6-month-old child covered in blood in his crib.

When police arrived, they found the baby had suffered dozens of rat bites and had severe wounds.

The child was first transported to a hospital and then flown to a second hospital in Indianapolis.

The affidavit says The baby had more than 50 rat bites on her forehead, cheek, nose, thigh, foot and toes. The baby’s right arm was bitten down to the hands and each of his fingers had pieces missing from the rat bites. Some of the wounds extended to the bone.

The baby’s temperature was 93.5 degrees and he required a blood transfusion, according to the affidavit.

According to police, the house was filled with trash and rat droppings.

They arrested Schonabaum, his wife Angel Schonabaum and her sister Delaina Thurman. According to investigators, in addition to the baby, the Schonabaums also looked after a six-year-old and a three-year-old in the home. Thurman also had a two-year-old and a five-year-old living in the home.

Sergeant. Anna Grey told WEHT-TV said none of the other children were injured and that they were removed from the home by the Department of Child Services.

David Schonabaum reportedly told police that they had had a problem with rats and mice since March, but that Terminix was treating the home.

Police said they could see traces of rodents in the blood leading away from the baby.

The three adults were booked into the Vanderburgh County Jail. David Schonabaum was given a $10,000 bond, his wife was given a $10,000 bond and Thurman was given a $2,500 bond.

Here is a local news report about the horrific incident:

Police: Three people charged after toddler nearly dies from rat bites in

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Laura Coffey

Laura Coffey is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Laura Coffey joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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