Philadelphia baby injured in raccoon attack released from hospital on Christmas

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017
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PHILADELPHIA -- A baby whose family members said was attacked by a raccoon inside a North Philadelphia apartment was released from the hospital on Christmas Day.

Kenny McDuffy told ABC7 sister station WPVI-TV his niece Journi Blake Rodgers is back with family and doing well.

McDuffy said the baby won't need additional surgeries.

WPVI-TV was told the family was not returning to their home in the 2100 block of North 22nd Street where the incident happened last Wednesday.

Journi's mother, Ashley Rodgers, said the raccoon attacked around 8:30 p.m. while she was in the bathroom and her baby was asleep on a bed.

"I hear her screaming and crying. By the time I got to her she was off the bed across the room on the floor with blood all over her face," Rodgers said.

Rodgers added Journi received 64 stitches during surgery and a rabies shot. Doctors said her eyesight wasn't affected.

After the attack, animal control set a trap inside the home to capture the animal.

Rodgers had just moved into her apartment days earlier.