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Rat raised to feed pet snakes kills 6-month-old baby

By Mason White 4:59 PM March 23, 2015
Landon Kreitz (insert), Justin Kreitz and Rachel Frye 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A baby boy is dead after being bitten by the family’s rat that was raised to feed pet snakes, police in Pennsylvania said.

The Cumberland County Coroner said that the baby died of meningitis and myocarditis, which he contracted from the rat.

The family lives in Dillsburg, along with the rat and snakes. According to the police investigation, the 6-month-old boy had been bitten by the rat on his right index finger at the family’s home in the 500 block of S. Baltimore Street.

The child was treated in an emergency room for fever and a rash before being released.

Two days later, the lethargic and feverish child was brought back to the emergency room, where he died. Laboratory tests revealed that the baby had rat-bite fever. which is transmitted through an infected rat.

Social services are investigation as there is 3-year-old child living in the home with the snakes. The child has been identified as Landon Kreitz, the son of Justin Kreitz and Rachel Frye.