The 5-month-old infant who suffered facial wounds in a ferret attack last week in Coopertown is expected to fully recover from his injuries, according to a report from Coopertown Police.
Officer Steven McDougal was asked to give an update on the child's condition at the city's regular Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting on Tuesday, March 25.
"The ferret crawled into the crib with the baby and made several lacerations to the child's face," McDougal said. "They did think the child was going to lose eyesight in one eye but … I believe they were able to save both eyes. So the baby is going to be fine."
The trouble began at about 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 22 at the home on Old Coopertown Road. When authorities arrived, they found the child with "significant injuries" to the face, according to Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department Chief P.J. Duncan.
The infant boy was flown by Life Flight helicopter to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with non-life threatening injuries, according to Duncan.
Because of the baby's age, his name was not released.
Rob Johnson, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, said Friday that his agency was aware of the situation.
"We are reviewing the circumstances," Johnson wrote in an email. He added that he could not discuss the case any further.
A police report obtained from Coopertown Police last week described the scene in more detail. The report lists the case as closed and Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan said he did not anticipate any criminal charges to be filed.
According to the report, the baby and the ferret were kept on opposite ends of the house. The child's parents were in another room when they heard the baby cry out, but they told police they thought the boy was "fighting sleep like (he) usually does at nap time," the report said.
"(The father) advised that when he went to check on the baby, he (saw) the ferret on the child's face," the report said. It adds that the father killed the ferret once he was able to get it off the child.
Police collected the ferret and kept it for testing, the report said.
The results of the testing were not released.
The family has not spoken publicly about the incident since it occurred. Last Monday, they called Coopertown Police back to their home to report that they were being harassed by local news media, according to Robertson County dispatchers.
Sullivan said the family complained about several television news outlets and one local blogger being camped out in front of their home.
When reached by telephone Thursday by the Times, the baby's father declined a request for an interview.