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Associated Press Published: January 29, 2013

CONNERSVILLE, IN - An eastern Indiana couple say they plan to fight misdemeanor charges brought after they refused to release an injured fawn before they could nurse it back to health.

Jeff Counceller, a Connersville police officer, said he found the deer curled up on a front porch with maggot-infested puncture wounds in 2010. He and his wife, Jennifer, kept the deer in an enclosure on their 17-acre farm and named her Dani, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The state Department of Natural Resources told the couple to return the deer to the wild, but they kept it and nursed it back to health. The Councellers were charged earlier this month with illegal possession of a white-tailed deer, a misdemeanor that carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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