Exotic monkey seized from Waterbury home

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials have seized a small, exotic monkey from a home in Waterbury and charged a woman living there after the animal scratched her 10-year-old daughter.

WFSB-TV  reported Saturday that Mariantonia Morales was charged this week with risk of injury to a minor and owning an exotic pet.

Morales’ daughter was with a friend on Tuesday when the child opened the cage containing the palm-sized marmoset monkey.

Morales tells WFSB-TV that the monkey scratched her daughter and she applied an antibiotic to the wound.

Investigators say Morales did not take her daughter to hospital and authorities only learned of the incident after a teacher questioned the girl on what caused her injury.

Morales was charged with risk of injury to a minor and owning an exotic pet.

She says she was unaware that owning the animal was illegal.

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Information from: WFSB-TV.

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