BENTON, La. – The parents of an infant whose toes were gnawed off by a family pet pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of child desertion.
Judge John Robinson sentenced the couple to six months in jail, which was suspended to 48 days. The Hansches, who were jailed Dec. 11, were expected to be released as early as Wednesday night for good behavior, officials said.
"It was a horrible accident. I'm sorry it happened," the judge said. "I believe the plea agreement is appropriate. Your punishment will be ongoing every time you look at your baby's feet."
The Hansches were charged after they awoke Dec. 10 and discovered that three of their daughter's toes were gnawed off. Doctors were forced to remove another toe.
The child was placed into a grandparent's care. A juvenile court will determine final custody, authorities said.
Robinson also ordered the couple to complete a parenting class, pay a $100 fine and court fees, and undergo 60 days of probation.