Florida Mother Arrested For Daughter's Python Death
A Florida mother was recently arrested for the death of her two year old daughter. The little girl's death was the result of the family pet, an albino Burmese python, crawling into her crib and wrapping itself around the girl. The mother was charged with third degree murder and child abuse.
Snakes are becoming increasingly popular as pets throughout America. This week, a Florida man was busted for having eight pythons without proper documentation. And in spite of increased calls to ban private citizens from having pythons, there is concern that if a ban were put into effect, thousands of pythons would be let loose into the wilds causing further problems.
OXFORD — This is how 2-year-old Shaiunna Hare died: The little girl was slowly crushed to death by an 8 ½-foot albino Burmese python that crept into her crib, coiled around the child and bit her again and again as it squeezed the life out of her.
This is who authorities now blame for Shaiunna's death: her own mother.
Jaren Hare and her live-in boyfriend, Charles Darnell, were arrested Monday on charges of third-degree murder, manslaughter and child abuse.
The morning Shaiunna died, the boyfriend awoke to find the pet snake missing from its enclosure.
It was not the first time. Just hours before, Darnell had found the snake loose in the living room, he later told investigators.
He said he put the snake in a sack, covered the terrarium with a quilt and tied it down with string.
When Darnell awoke again, the python was again missing.
This time, authorities said, he found it in Shaiunna's room, wrapped around the child.
Darnell stabbed the snake with a knife and meat cleaver. It let go of Shaiunna and slithered away.
"The baby's dead," a sobbing Darnell told a 911 operator. "Our stupid snake got out in the middle of the night and strangled the baby."
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