The former owner of a monkey that bit a child at an event at Godfrey's Glazebrook Park in June has been charged with three counts of unlawful possession of a primate. The charges were filed Monday by Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons, who is also planning to seek restitution for medical costs to the victim's family as well as the costs incurred in caring for the monkey.
During the investigation it was revealed that Kendra D. Hougland of Alton did not lawfully own Nina, the female java macaque, which was a violation of the Dangerous Animal Act. The Madison County State's Attorney's Office says Hougland had only possessed the monkey since August 30, 2012, which made it a criminal offense to possess a primate.
If found guilty, Hougland could face fines, probation and up to 30 days in jail. The monkey has been taken to a rescue center in Kentucky.