Murder By Snake

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 8:35am

Florida couple face murder and child neglect charges after toddler strangled by pet python.

A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a Florida couple charged with manslaughter, murder and child neglect after their pet python strangled a 2-year-old girl.

21-year-old Jaren Hare, the child's mother, and her 34-year-old boyfriend Charles Darnell could face lengthy prison terms if convicted.

In 2009 their eight-foot python got out of its cage and strangled 2-year-old Shaianna Hare in her crib.

The child was also bitten on her head and arms.

Wildlife officials took possession of the python and a boa constrictor that was also living in the home.

Opening statements in the trial get underway Tuesday morning.
 

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