Mother Charged In Rodent Bite Case


UPDATED: Thursday July 30, 2009 6:02 PM

A mother whose infant daughter lost two toes after being bitten by rats has been charged with two delinquency counts of felony child endangering, 10TV News reported on Wednesday.

Katrina Lowe, 17, has been charged as a juvenile, but prosecutors are pushing for her to be tried as an adult. She turns 18 on Thursday.

A hearing to decide the issue was to be held in the next couple of weeks, 10TV News reported.

Lowe is the fourth person to be charged in the case.

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Todd C. Trent, 18; Joseph Gunter, 33; and Tina Gunter, 29, were previously charged with face child endangering.

Family members told 10TV News that Trent is the boyfriend of the infant's mother, and that Gunters are not related to Trent, the infant or the infant's mother.

Earlier this month, the 6-week-old girl was transported from her home in Pike County to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Doctors determined that the girl's injuries were consistent with rodent bites and that the injuries occurred over a lengthy period of time.

Relatives said the girl was recovering, despite losing two of her toes.

The girl was expected to be released from the hospital this week, 10TV News reported.

Pike County Children Services has filed for emergency custody of the girl and her 2-year-old brother.

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