Sunday, July 17, 2011

Killer python crushed 2-year-old girl to death in her crib and tried to swallow her whole


Jaren Hare, 21, and her boyfriend, Charles Darnell, 34, face manslaughter charges for the death of Hare's baby by a pet python.

A killer python crushed a 2-year-old toddler to death in her crib and tried to eat the child whole, bone-chilling testimony revealed at the trial of the girl's parents.

"There were also several clusters of puncture wounds ... that represent bites from the snake as the snake was trying to ingest her, basically," medical examiner Wendy Lavezzi testified in Sumter County court in Florida.

The shocking tragedy unfolded in the Oxford, Fla., home of Jaren Hare, 21, and her boyfriend, Charles Darnell, 34, in 2009 when their pet albino Burmese python slithered into the Shanianna Hare's crib.

The couple have been charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder and face up to 35 year in prison if convicted.

Snake handlers have testified that the couple failed to properly house the 8-and-a-half-foot-long snake and that the creature seemed underfed and malnourished, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The snake, named Gypsy, hadn't been fed in a month and escaped from the 200 gallon fish tank it was kept in just hours before the horrible attack.

Darnell had placed it into a mesh laundry bag with a hole in it and put it back to the tank, but the snake managed to escape again.

The tank was kept just 12 feet from Shanianna's room, which did not have a door.

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