Authorities say a 12-foot pet Burmese python broke out of its terrarium in a central Florida home and strangled a 2-year-old girl.
Police say the snake's owner says he found the girl in her room with bite marks on her head. The man, who is also the boyfriend of the girl's mother, stabbed the snake until he was able to pry the child away.
It's not clear if the snake's still alive. Police say the toddler was already dead when paramedics arrived.
The owner didn't have a permit and officials say that would be a misdemeanor. He has not been charged.
The Humane Society says including today's death, at least 12 people have been killed in the U.S. by pet pythons since 1980.