Florida Woman Lets Snake Bite Her 1 Year Old Child To Teach Her A Lesson
June 6, 2017
A woman in Sebring, Fla., faces potential child abuse charges for letting a rat snake bite her one-year-old daughter and posting a video (which has since been deleted) of the incident onto Facebook.
Chartelle St. Laurent told ABC Action News that she doesn’t regret putting the snake in front of her child, and letting the snake bite her.
"It had bitten me and my son and didn't leave a mark, several times," she told ABC Action News. "So, I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her without actually getting hurt."
Highlands County Sheriff's Office investigated the incident and said that purposely exposing the little girl to the reptile and having the reptile bite her was enough to charge her.
"People are too sensitive," she said. "They just think that I hurt my child intentionally. The people that know me know that I would never hurt my children."
St. Laurent said she learned how to handle reptiles while going out on calls with her father, a Jupiter, Fla. police officer, and her goal was to teach her daughter about the animals on her nine acre property.
"She's not scared of snakes but she doesn't want to touch them, either. That was my goal."