Lawyer Says System Too "Rough" in Ferret Case

5 years 6 months 3 weeks ago December 29, 2011 Dec 29, 2011 Thursday, December 29 2011 Thursday, December 29, 2011 3:48:00 PM CST in Continuous News
Source: The Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE (AP)- A lawyer says the public and the criminal justice system have been too quick to judge a western Missouri couple whose baby lost several fingers to a pet ferret.

Ryan and Carrie Waldo, of Grain Valley, have pleaded not guilty to first-degree child endangerment. They're accused of leaving their 4-month-old daughter unsupervised last Jan. 10 when the
ferret chewed off seven of her fingers.

KCTV reports the couple attended a hearing Thursday in Jackson County Circuit Court, where a judge ordered a public defender for Carrie Waldo. Her husband is being represented by Dan Miller, who said he has never seen defendants treated "so roughly by a system" before trial.
Miller also says the couple merely bought a ferret as a Christmas present for their child and could not have foreseen what happened.

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