Carlsbad, NM – Courtney Hutchins, 22, was arrested for child endangerment after climbing over a barricade with her 3 year old son, Ethan, to get a closer look at a bobcat. Apparently she got a little too close as the bobcat was able to scratch the boy’s head badly enough to require 8 skull staples.
Hutchins, her brother LeeVon, and her son were at Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park when they decided to climb over a 40-inch high railing. Once over the outer barrier, they coaxed the cats to the inner fence and pet them. A bobcat reached through the chainlink, grabbed the boy’s head and pulled him towards it, inflicting serious head wounds on the 3 year old.
Hutchins told police she did not see any of the many signs warning against being dangerously stupid. She also said she did not know the word “barrier” before she heard police use it.
Feelings of anger and/or homicidal ideations are a natural first reaction to learning how careless and unconcerned for her own child’s welfare this woman could be. A little snooping on her Facebook, however, reveals a lot.
My overall impression is that she truly was just too stupid to realize how horrifyingly bad an idea it was to have her 3-year-old pet a wild animal. Quite frankly, this story isn’t very surprising after learning how the odds of her NOT doing something absolutely idiotic are, especially in regard to dangerous animals. Let’s take a look:
2) She works at Subway
3) Her brother is named LeeVon.
4) She does not know what the word “barrier” means
5) Look at her. You can just tell.
Stupid is such a shame. She has been released on bond.
Tags: BobCat, Child Endangerment, Courtney Hutchins, mauling, New Mexico, When Animals Attack, zoo