DARBY BOROUGH, PA -- A one-month-old baby is hospitalized after losing up to 25 percent of her face when she was attacked by ferrets inside her home.
The incident happened Thursday in the 300 block of Poplar Street in Darby Borough.
The child, named Skyy Isabelle Fraime, was placed in her car seat and then left on the floor. Skyy's mother, Jessica Benales, then went upstairs to use the bathroom.
During the time the mother was away, two of the family's three ferrets escaped their cloth-like cage.
The girl's father, Burnie Fraime, tells us he was asleep upstairs when the tragedy unfolded.
When he and Benales came downstairs, the baby was screaming and they found the ferrets had eaten away 25 percent of her face.
Skyy suffered severe injuries to her lips and nose and other parts of her face.
Fraime tells us, "I went over to grab the baby, and then the baby's... half the face was messed up from the ferret. So I called 911 immediately."
The child was rushed to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia where she underwent life-saving surgery.
Her recovery will be a long process, requiring many more surgeries for many years.
She is currently in stable condition.
Darby Borough Police Chief Robert Smythe says the household, which includes a total of five young children - all under the age of 5, is in crisis. He says the family has been clients of Delaware County Child & Youth Services before this tragedy.
Smythe says, "I'm not a CYS person. I'm a cop. I've been one for 45 years, and this is the most horrific thing I've seen happen to a child in 45 years in this town."
Neighbors along Poplar Street are in shock.
Josephine Pour tells us, "It's really shocking to hear stuff like that, because they are a very nice and loving family."
Police are recommending charges against the parents. However, the Delaware County district attorney has not yet made a decision.
The four other children in the home are now in the care of grandparents. null