A 12-foot pet Burmese python broke out of it’s aquarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her bedroom Wednesday at a central Florida home. Shaunnia Hare was already dead when paramedics arrived at about 10 a.m.
Charles Jason Darnell, the snake’s owner and the boyfriend of Shaunnia’s mother, discovered the snake missing from its aquarium and went to the girl’s room, where he found it on the girl and bite marks on her head. Darnell, 32, stabbed the snake until he was able to pry the child away.
Darnell did not have a permit for the snake. He has not been charged, but investigators were looking into whether there was child neglect or if any other laws were broken. The snake will be placed with someone who has a permit, pending an investigation into the girl’s death.