Award winning parents Charles Jason Darnell, 34, and his girlfriend Jaren Hare, 21, are standing trial together on charges of manslaughter and child neglect in connection with their little girl’s death.
The couple’s 8 1/2-foot-long albino Burmese python, Gypsy, escaped in the summer of 2009 out of its glass terrarium that only had a quilt as a lid. The serpent slithered into the crib of Jaren’s daughter Shaianna and strangled the toddler.
The fangs of the snake were in the toddler's forehead.
Darnell, who had plans to adopt the little girl, hit the snake with a cleaver and called 911.
According to police, the python, bought at a flea market for $200, hadn't eaten in a month and weighed in at a sickly 13.5 pounds after the attack.
The couple could get 35 years in prison each if convicted of all charges.
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