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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

12-Foot Pet Python Strangles Toddler

Why are people so damned stupid?

July 1, 2009

OXFORD, Fla. -- The family's pet 12-foot Burmese python strangled a 2-year-old girl in Sumter County on Wednesday, according to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

An adult at the home woke up and found the snake wrapped around the girl in bed.

Charles Darnell, who is the boyfriend of the girl's 23-year-old mother, said he stabbed the snake and called 911, according to Lt. Bobby Caruthers. The snake let go of the girl, identified as Shaiunna Hare, and slithered under a dresser.

Shaiunna was dead when authorities arrived about 10 a.m. Investigators said she had a small bite on her forehead.

Darnell, 32, told deputies that he left the snake in an aquarium in a bag when the family went to sleep on Tuesday night at a home near County Road 466 and County Road 227 in Oxford, west of The Villages. He saw the snake wasn't in the aquarium when he woke up and found it around Shaiunna....

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