Rat bites sleeping toddler’s face, leaving scene from ‘horror movie’ in bedroom

The boy had bite marks on his cheek from the rat attack

The boy had bite marks on his cheek from the rat attack (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A two-year-old boy was attacked by a rat as he slept in his bed in Liverpool, leaving blood on his pillow.

His mother, who was breastfeeding her newborn baby at the time, suddenly heard screams from another room and rushed over to see what was going on.

She shared how she walked into a scene “from a horror movie” with her son covered in blood – and wasn’t sure what was happening until she saw the rat scurry away.

The harrowing incident happened at a rented home in Walton, and the mother is now refusing to go back.

She didn’t want to identify her children, but spoke out because she believes there is a major rat infestation in the area and doesn’t want any other family to be affected.

The boy was taken to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital after being bitten on the face by the rat, fearing he could catch an infection.

Blood on the boy's sheets after the rat bit his face

Blood on the boy’s sheets after the rat bit his face (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Stock photo of a rat

Your local MP has now intervened over the rat problem (Archive Image: Getty)

A note from the hospital said: “Multiple rat bites from a wild rat this morning while sleeping at the residential address. Patient referred to plastic surgeons and infectious diseases in Alder Hey.’

“It was like something out of a nightmare or a horror movie, I’m still traumatized by it all,” his mother said.

“I heard my two-year-old crying out of his bed and when I came in he was covered in blood.

“I fell to my knees in shock, I had no idea what had happened until I saw the rat run past me. My four year old saw all of this with me and has had nightmares ever since.”

Thankfully, the child is now recovering from his injuries. He did not require plastic surgery and is free from possible diseases.

Since the attack, the mother and her children have moved in with the family and are now looking for a new place to live.

“We just can’t go back there,” she said. “Since the attack we hear other rats running around, we can’t live there. Something has to be done because I really don’t want this to happen to any other family.’

She addressed the horrific incident with her local MP, Dan Carden, who described it as one of the most horrifying things he had heard during his time as MP.

A picture shows the main entrance of Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, northwest England, April 16, 2018, where seriously ill British toddler Alfie Evans is being treated. - Alfie Evans, 22 months old, has a rare degenerative neurological condition that has not yet been definitively diagnosed. His parents, Tom Evans and Kate James, have been fighting a legal battle to stop Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, north-west England, from turning off its ventilator - which would quickly end his life. Alder Hey's doctors have said life support treatment should be discontinued as further treatment was futile. This was accepted by the UK High Court and confirmed before the Court of Appeal and then the Supreme Court – the highest court in Britain. (Photo by Paul ELLIS/AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The main entrance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool (Image: Getty)

Mr Carden’s office escalated the case to Liverpool City Council for an urgent pest control visit, and the MP met with the family earlier this week.

He said: “The family is traumatized. It is unthinkable that this happened. They live in a clean and comfortable home, but the area is infested with bugs.

“No one should have to worry about rats in their home, but that is the reality for too many of my constituents. The magnitude of the bug problems in much of the city is a public health crisis.

“There needs to be a concerted effort now to address the issue. I call on the water companies and the Council to make rat infestation a priority.

“That means baiting the city’s drains and ramping up pest control staff. It also means government investment to help address long-standing structural problems.’

Council officials are understood to have visited the property and discovered a problem with the drains, which were baited along with the nearby alley.

The council said it bait around 600 to 700 streets in the city each year and has seen a steady decline in bug reports thanks to the introduction of closed lanes and euro bins.

They hope that the upcoming introduction of underground super containers will further address the problem.

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