Report: Infant died as result of rat bites

July 23, 2009 at 2:48 PM

WESTWEGO, La., July 23 (UPI) -- The coroner's office in Jefferson Parish, La., says a 3-month-old girl died of blood loss caused by numerous rat bites she endured at her family's home.

Coroner Robert Treuting said in a press release that Natalie Hill died at her family's home in Westwego, La., because of significant blood loss brought about by scores of rat bites she received, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Thursday.

Authorities said Hill was found in her crib on July 15 with significant rat bites to her nose and right leg.

Treuting's office did not specify how long the infant girl bled as a result of the rat bites or if one of her arteries may have been ruptured by one of her rodent assailants.

Following the death of Hill, her parents Casey Laine and Robby Hill lost custody of their 14-month-old son R.J.

The Times-Picayune said hearing officer Salvador Mule delayed a decision Wednesday at the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Justice Center regarding the boy's future with his family.

The hearing over the young boy, who is currently in state custody, will resume next Tuesday.

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