Woman misses court date in ferret attack; judge issues arrest warrant

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - A woman accused of child endangerment after a ferret attacked her 4-month-old baby failed to appear Monday for her court date.

A Jackson County judge issued an arrest warrant for Carrie Waldo after she missed a morning plea hearing, according to court officials.

Waldo and her husband, Ryan Waldo, were charged after their pet ferret attacked their young son in January at a Grain Valley home.

The couple claimed to have been asleep and the baby's screams woke Carrie, according to a news release from the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office.

The ferret chewed off most the of baby's fingers.

Ryan Waldo told police he threw the ferret against the dishwasher and killed the animal, according to the news release.

The pair also told police the ferret had not been a problem, but investigators found that story also not to be true.

The ferret bit the baby at least twice before the January attack, according to the news release.

Police also determined the couple was not home at the time of the incident.

Ryan Waldo pleaded guilty in March 2013 to a misdemeanor charge second degree endangering the welfare of a child.

He was given two years probation.

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