Fundraiser to be held for Michigan girl whose face was mauled by pet raccoon

West Michigan girl needs reconstructive facial surgeries after pet raccoon mauls her face

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MUSKEGON, Mich. - A West Michigan girl whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon in 2002 when she was three months old is expected to get a series of reconstructive facial surgeries.

Family and friends of Charlotte Ponce, now 10, are holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Friday at Fellowship Reformed Church in Muskegon.

Money will help pay for travel and lodging in the Detroit area for family to accompany her for the surgeries.

The Muskegon Chronicle reported that Charlotte's nose and lips will be reconstructed.

The raccoon attacked the infant when her parents left her unattended at their home near Ravenna, about 15 miles east of Muskegon.

According to the family's website Charlotte spent months in the hospital after the attack.

Charlotte and her brother were later removed from the home and put into foster care. 

She was adopted by her great-aunt and great-uncle in 2005 after the state terminated the biological parents' rights.

Donation information for Charlotte can be found by visiting the family's website.

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