The Latest: Raccoon that attacked New Jersey boy was rabid

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Posted: Jan 29, 2016 4:38 PM

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (AP) — The latest on a raccoon that attacked a 6-year-old boy on his way to school (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

New Jersey health officials say a raccoon that attacked a 6-year-old boy was rabid.

Aryan Gavali was headed to school in Elmwood Park on Wednesday when the raccoon ran across the street, jumped on his back and crawled onto his face. The child suffered lacerations to his face, including a deep cut under his right eye.

A spokesman for Bergen County said Friday that authorities have confirmed the raccoon was rabid.

The child's father tells The Record (bit.ly/1NFfqPo) newspaper that his son is eating and sleeping well and is taking antibiotics.

A man used a pole to beat and kill the raccoon as it gnawed on the boy's face.

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12:26 p.m.

A 6-year-old who was attacked by a raccoon while he walked to school with his mother in northern New Jersey is home from the hospital.

Aryan Gavali and his family are waiting to learn Friday whether the animal tested positive for rabies.

The boy was headed to school in Elmwood Park on Wednesday when the raccoon ran across the street, jumped on the boy's back and crawled onto his face. The child suffered lacerations to his face, including a deep cut under his right eye.

The child's father, Pratap, tells The Record (bit.ly/1NFfqPo) newspaper his son is eating and sleeping well and is taking antibiotics.

A man used a pole to beat and kill the raccoon as it gnawed on the boy's face.

Danny Walls visited the family on Thursday.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com