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Mother allows snake to repeatedly bite her 1-year-old daughter

By Mason White 1:09 PM June 7, 2017
Snake (illustrations)
Snake (illustrations)
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A mother is defending her decision of allowing a snake to bite her baby daughter in order to teach her a lesson about reptiles, according to police in Florida.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said that the mother is facing a charge of child abuse for allowing the snake to reportedly strike her 1-year-old daughter.

34-year-old Chartelle Geanette St. Laurent said that she found the snake in the driveway of her home. While handling the snake, it repeatedly bit her. She then put the snake into a bucket and showed it to her daughter.

The baby tried to grab the snake, and each time, the reptile bit the child. The mother recorded the incident and uploaded the video to Facebook.

On the video, the mother can be heard laughing as the snake bit her child.

The mother claimed that her child was not injured as the snake’s teeth were too short to penetrate the child’s skin. She believes that her baby has learned a valuable lesson to stay away from snakes.

Police said that there are better ways to teach children about snakes, and the mother should not have allowed the reptile to bite her child.

The State Attorney’s Office will make the decision whether to take the case to court.