“She had a very distinctive bite, which was very scary for her parents and of course the doctors, too,” Durbin told the newspaper.
But, he said, the child is in good health and will make a full recovery.
She told the Globe that she suspects the spider bit her daughter in their backyard in Mendon, in southeast Massachusetts.
Black widows, which have small, black bodies adorned with red hourglass icons, are found in the United States, mostly in the South and West, hidden in outdoor areas such as barns, sheds and woodpiles, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Black widow bites are rarely seen in New England, but they are not unheard of, according to the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention, which serves Massachusetts.