Wednesday, July 1, 2009


A 12-foot pet albino Burmese python escaped its cage early this morning and slithered into the room of a 2-year-old child in Sumter County where the reptile wrapped around the toddler and suffocated her.

Joy Hill, spokeswoman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said investigators were at the scene, a home in Oxford, north of Wildwood.

Sheriff's officials said that the snake was a family pet, along with another six-foot python. The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. today at a home on County Road 466 west of The Villages.

Officials identified the victim as a Shayunna Hare.

Sheriff's Lt. Bobby Caruthers said that both snakes remained in the house this afternoon and that deputies were awaiting a warrant to get into the home to retrieve the reptiles.

He said that the snake's owner, Charles Jason Darnell, 32, who was identified as the boyfriend of the girl's mother, Jaren Hare, 23, awoke and found the snake missing from its cage. Concerned about the toddler, he ran into the little girl's room and found the snake atop the child.

He grabbed a knife and stabbed the snake until it loosed its grip. He then called 911, Caruthers said.

The girl was dead when authorities arrived about 10 a.m. Caruthers said.

Darnell told deputies that he left the snake inside a bag that was placed inside an aquarium when the family went to sleep on Tuesday night.

Hill, with the fish and wildlife commission, said Darnell does not have the required permit to own a Burmese python, considered a "reptile of concern" because of its threat to humans and its impact on the environment if it is set free or escapes. An owner must show experience in handling snakes to obtain the permit, she said. Having a python without a permit is a second-degree misdemeanor.

Two other children also live in the home, Caruthers said.

Pythons are not a native species, but are a popular pet among snake owners. They are constrictors and kill their pray by wrapping themselves around the victim and squeezing. Pythons can grow to more than 25 feet. Thousands have escaped into the Everglades over the past decade, and are wreaking havoc with the ecosystem, wildlife officials say.

Darnell and Hare, who have been together for about a year, were being questioned at the sheriff's office this afternoon. No charges were immediately filed.


July 1st comes, and we have two ... TWO ... Animal Uprisings in one day, resulting in horrific human casualty?

Look, all jokes aside, this guys Charles Jason Darnell, needs to go away for a long, long time ... you don't put a killer snake in a freakin bag, fail to secure it, and then go to bed like its nothing, Animal Uprising or not.


We at AU2012 are extremely sorry for this child, and its family.

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