The Grain Valley woman whose infant son lost seven fingers in a pet ferret attack was sentenced to a 30-day “shock time” jail sentence Friday.
Waldo agreed to two years probation, a 30-day drug treatment plan, 40 hours of community service and parenting classes when she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree child endangerment in early June in the pet ferret attack on her 4-month-old son in January 2011.
When she pleaded guilty, Waldo was ordered to complete a 30-day inpatient drug program, but her lawyer told Jackson County Judge Michael Manners Friday that she had not been able to find a program to fulfill that order.
Manners gave her 30 days in jail as “shock time,” according to Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Michael Mansur. After her jail term, Waldo will have another chance to find an inpatient drug program.
Waldo’s husband, Ryan Waldo, pleaded guilty on March 8 to one count of second-degree child endangerment. His sentence was suspended provided that he completes two years of probation, which included 40 hours of community service work and taking parenting classes.
The Waldos were charged after their 4-month-old son lost seven fingers to the ferret when they left the baby and other children unsupervised in their Grain Valley home on Jan. 10, 2011. Police discovered the boy with only two thumbs and part of a pinkie finger remaining. The Waldos told police detectives that they were at home at the time of the attack, sleeping in a separate room. They were awakened when the boy began screaming, they said. Ryan Waldo said when he discovered what was happening, he killed the ferret by throwing it.
Investigators later discovered that neither parent was at home when the ferret attacked the baby. The couple’s five children, all under the age of 10, had been left unattended. Detectives determined this after looking at cell phone records and using GPS mapping to pinpoint the location of each parent. Text messages also show that the couple were exchanging texts from different locations when they were allegedly asleep in their home.
The children have been staying with relatives.