The parents of a Grain Valley child who lost seven fingers in a pet ferret attack in January appeared in court Thursday.

The parents of a Grain Valley child who lost seven fingers in a pet ferret attack in January appeared in court Thursday.

A warrant for their arrest for failure to appear in court on Nov. 4 was recalled on Dec. 2. Ryan and Carrie Waldo appeared in court Thursday to set attorney assignments.

Attorney Dan Miller told Judge Michael Manners he could not represent the couple, citing financial restraints, but is representing Ryan Waldo on a pro bono basis, according to other media reports.
Judge Manners ordered a public defender for Carrie Waldo.

The couple told the court that they both lost their jobs after being charged earlier this year with child endangerment.

It was believed in late October that the couple had left the state for Indiana, where they had moved from, and they failed to appear for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 4.

The Waldos are charged with first-degree child endangerment of their 4-month-old son. They pleaded not guilty in June, and three of the other children, including the victim, have been living with a relative.

The attack occurred on Jan. 10. Police discovered the boy with only two thumbs and part of a pinkie finger remaining.

The Waldos told detectives they were at home asleep in separate rooms that morning, and were awakened by the child’s screams.

But an investigation into the incident revealed that the parents were not at home when the attack occurred.

Police subpoenaed cellphone records to determine their whereabouts.