Police: No charges in baby’s rat-bite death

DILLSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – No criminal charges will be filed in the death of a 6-month-old baby who was bitten by a rat, police announced Wednesday.

Carroll Township police said an investigation with the York County District Attorney’s Office found no criminal wrongdoing by the boy’s parents.

The baby died Jan. 1 while he was being treated at Holy Spirit Hospital.

Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall revealed last month that the child had been treated for a fever and rash on Dec. 30. He was brought back to the hospital two days later when he was lethargic and had a high fever, and died in the emergency room.

An autopsy Jan. 5 revealed the baby died from meningitis and myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart. Lab studies later revealed the baby had rat-bite fever.

Investigators learned the baby boy had been bitten by a rat on his right index finger at the family’s home in the 500 block of S. Baltimore Street in Dillsburg. Hall said the family raised rats to feed their pet snakes.

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