12-Foot Python Strangles Little Girl

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.


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  • by Trisha Location: United Kingdom on Aug 28, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    I question the mentality of these people who call theirselves parents who allow snakes into their home, least of all near children, they should both be severley punished in my opinion, i know it was the mothers boyfriends snake but all i can say is what kind of mother would allow that thing any where near her child, we read so much about this sort of thing going on in the world today where these women are so obsessed with boyfriends they seem to forget that they have babies and children from past relationships to bring up. When will they ever learn.Stupid stupid people!!
  • by Myron Location: ossian indana on Jul 25, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    i think it you soudnot have had a python in the house with a child
  • by Db on Jul 9, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    It needs to be illegal to won a snake of that size permit or not accidents happen. A lot of people get these snakes and when they get that big they don't won't them anymore and don't know what to do with them so they let them go. She must have not cared for her daughter much to even allow a snake of that size in her home I have a daughter and I would never allow anyone to bring anything dangerous much less a twelve foot python around my daughter thats just insane. This guy should be put in prison.
  • by A Mother of a Toddler Location: Chocowinity on Jul 2, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    That is so sad that a poor little girl who had the rest of her life ahead of her and to die because of her mother's BOYFRIEND'S mistake! That is something the mother and him will have to live with for the rest of their life! I have a 2 yr old and i can NOT even fathom having something so dangerous in my house. Just because of all the "what-ifs" that could happen. Take NO chances when it comes to kids!!!!!!!!
  • by David Location: Kinston on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:35 PM
    When will people learn that wild animals aren't pets.Senseless stupidity.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Jul 2, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    I heard the 911 call from this idiot. Sounded like a moron without enough sense to feed a stray cat much less be responsible for a large snake.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 2, 2009 at 03:16 AM
    I feel very sad that a little girl lost her life due to someones negligence. Most responsible large Python owners are very responsible for their animals. I myself own Burmese and Reticulated Pythons, they are in commercial style cages, not fish tanks, behind tempered glass with a slide lock. As far as the permits, Florida residences must have a permit for large constrictors, but the owner of this animal did not posses any permits.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jul 1, 2009 at 03:02 PM
    Time for owners of Burmese pythons take full responsibility for the actions of these very large snakes. There needs to be requirements for permits (yearly), lockable cages (inspected yearly), and required insurance. Yes, I like snakes, owned an albino calf. king, she was well behaved and friendly.
  • by JD on Jul 1, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    What a horrific incident. That poor little baby girl...to even think about how she could have possibly been feeling before her death. I personally do not think snakes of this size should be kept as pets. They were not made for pets, and they are dangerous to little ones in the home.
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