Kendra Houghland charged after pet monkey bites child

6:30 AM, Aug 27, 2013   |    comments
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) - The Madison County State's Attorney's Office filed charges against the former owner of a monkey who was at the center of a custody dispute and biting incident recently.

According to court documents, Kendra Houghland has been charged Monday with three counts of unlawful possession of a primate. She had the monkey in her possession since Aug. 30, 2012 and didn't lawfully own her, which violated the "Dangerous Animal Act."

In June, Nina, a java macaque monkey, bit a 6-year-old boy during a "Bark in the Park" event. Last month, a Madison County judge made Nina a ward of the state and awarded the St. Louis Zoo possession of the monkey. She has been placed in a rescue center in Kentucky, where she will remain.

Houghland faces penalties as well as probation or as many as 30 days in jail.


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