Family forced to flee home after baby savaged by feral rat in horrific attack

A mum has been left "traumatised" after she heard her baby crying and found him "covered in blood" after he was attacked by a feral rat.

The parent, from Walton, Liverpool, said her son was hospitalised after the rodent latched its jaws onto his face while he was sleeping.

She said the area has been plagued with rats which led to the "horror movie" scene inside her rented home.

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The mum, who did not want to be named, says she is too frightened to go back home and said she is looking for a new place to live, reports Liverpool Echo.

Speaking about the ordeal, she said: "It was like something from a nightmare or a horror movie, I am still traumatised by it all.

"I heard my two-year-old son crying from his bed and when I walked in he was covered in blood.

"I fell to my knees in shock, I had no idea what had happened until I saw the rat run past me. My four-year-old saw it all with me and has been having nightmares ever since."

A note from Alder Hey Hospital read: "Multiple rat bites from feral rat this morning while sleeping at home address. Patient referred to plastic surgeons and infection diseases in Alder Hey."

Thankfully the child is now recovering from his injuries. He did not require plastic surgery and is clear of any potential diseases.

It has been reported that their home was clean and tidy on the inside but poor quality housing had led to problems.

The mum said: "We just can't go back there. Since the attack we have heard other rats running around, we can't live there. Something needs to be done because I really don't want this to happen to another family."

She raised the terrifying incident with her local MP Dan Carden, who described it as one of the most horrific things he has heard during his time as a Member of Parliament.

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Mr Carden's office escalated the case to Liverpool City Council for an urgent pest control visit and the MP met with the family earlier this week.

He said: "The family are traumatised. It is unthinkable that this has happened. They live in a clean and pleasant home, but the area is blighted by vermin.

"No one should have to worry about rats in their home, but that is the reality for too many of my constituents. The extent of vermin problems in large parts of the city is a public health crisis.

"There must now be a collective effort to address the problem. I am calling on water companies and the council to prioritise tackling rat infestations. That means baiting the city's drains and increasing the pest control workforce. It also means investment from government to help address long-standing structural issues."

It has been reported that the council attended the property and spotted an issue with the drains which were baited along with the nearby alleyway.

The council said it baits around 6-700 streets in the city each year and has seen a steady decline in vermin reports thanks to the introduction of gated alleyways and euro bins.

The hope is that the forthcoming rollout of underground super-bins will continue to tackle the issue.

Daily Star has contacted the council for comment.

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