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GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – A Missouri couple whose 4-month-old daughter got most her fingers chewed off by a pet ferret has flown the coop.

Arrest warrants have been issued Ryan and Carrie Waldo of Grain Valley after they didn’t show up for pre-trial conferences last Friday.

Their attorney, Dan Miller, told The Kansas City Star the couple did not willfully disobey the court, but it was a communication problem.

“I hope to get the matter back before the court and rectify the problem,” said Miller.

Last January authorities found that the couple’s pet ferret had chewed their 4-month-old child’s hands, leaving only two thumbs and part of a pinkie remaining.

Carrie Waldo told police that she had fallen asleep in the room with the child, and that her husband was asleep in a nearby room.

However, according to cell phone records subpoenaed by the prosecutor the couple’s phones were calling and texting each other in several different locations the night the ferret attacked the infant.

The Waldos were charged in June with first-degree child endangerment. They have pleaded not guilty.

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