Strangers Raise $24K for New Home for Infant Who Was Attacked by Raccoon Inside Family’s House

Strangers around the country raised money to get the family of an infant mauled by a raccoon inside their Philadelphia rooming house a new home, The New York Daily News reports.

Last week, 4-month-old Journi Black was dragged out of bed and attacked by a raccoon in the rooming house, where the family had moved just a few days earlier.

Journi’s mother, Ashley Rodgers, said she heard a scream around 8:30 pm.

“When I finally got to her, she was laying on the floor so it had dragged her off the bed across the room, and she was bleeding and crying and her whole face was red,” Rodgers told CBS Philly.

Journi was in surgery for four hours, needing 65 stitches on her face and head.

“We are just taking it one day at a time,” her father, Sam Black, told CBS. “My focus is getting my daughter back to full strength and making sure her scars and everything is healed so she can live the rest of her life beautiful.”

According to the Daily News, other tenants had complained about the residence’s raccoon infestation.

After the attack, the owner was cited for running a rooming house without a rental license.

Rodgers said the family moved into the residence because at $375 per month it was the only place she could afford while supporting her two kids on a security guard’s salary.

Rodgers started a GoFundMe page hoping to raise $2,000 but more than 700 people donated $24,000 within just three days to help the family find a new place to live.