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Coroner: Baby Had More Than 100 Rat Bites

The autopsy results are in for the baby found dead and covered in animal bites in her crib in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana.

The coroner says the evidence suggests rodent bites killed the baby girl, who was three months old.

The report says Natalie was bitten more than a hundred times by what appear to be rats.

The coroner is basically saying she died because she bled to death because of the bites.

Lisa LeNormand is the baby's grandmother.

"This is devastating. Nobody thought this would happen like that, and I don't really know what to say," LeNormand said.

She blames Natalie's death on the landlord.

"They would have let nothing happen to that child, and this is all his fault," LeNormand said. "This is all the landlord's fault. That house was his for 17 years."

Ryan Laine is the baby's uncle.

"Nobody is going to forget this in our family. It's going to haunt us for awhile," Laine said. "This is destroying us. I hope we can pull through this as a strong family and I hope my sister, I hope she doesn't get charged with something like this. This is a freak accident. I know she didn't mean it. I know she was a good mother."

As far as the police investigation into alleged neglect, the police chief says it is still an investigation.

The parents are seeking to regain custody of their one-year-old boy.


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