OXFORD, Fla. – Authorities say the mother of a Florida girl suffocated by a pet python last month has been charged in the child's death.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Jaren Ashley Hare and her boyfriend, 32-year-old Charles Jason Darnell, were each charged Monday with manslaughter, third-degree murder and child abuse.
Two-year-old Shaianna Hare died July 1. Authorities say Darnell found the 8-foot python wrapped around her that morning.
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He stabbed it several times and it eventually released her. A medical examiner determined the girl died from asphyxiation.
Hare and Darnell were each being held on $35,000 bond. Court documents that would list attorneys for them have not yet been processed.