Earlier this week Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons announced that his office was still sifting through the details in a case involving a boy who was bitten by a monkey during an event at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey on June 2. Current state law prohibits anyone from owning a monkey, but there's a provision included that would cover an animal that was already in the state prior to January 1, 2011
In the meantime, the victim's family members are taking legal action against the animal's owner.
Jacob Calvert, the father of the victim has named Kendra Houghland as the defendant in a case filed in Madison County Circuit Court. He is seeking $50,000 in damages.
The monkey has been in quarantine since the incident while the victim goes through a series of medical tests to see if the animal had any serious diseases.
GIbbons says the case is a first for his office and that he must protect both the rights of the victim and those of the animal, which is why his office is taking its time with the investigation. No charges have been filed.
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