September 26, 2009, 12:40 PM
Man who owned snake that killed 2-year old arrested on drug charges
Reported by: Chad Cookler
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Last Update: 8/07 8:01 pm
* Man whose python killed Sumter County girl is remorseful
OXFORD, FL -- The man whose pet snake killed his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter last month has been arrested on drug-related charges.
Deputies arrested 32-year-old Charles Darnell Friday afternoon following a one week investigation. According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, undercover detectives bought cocaine from Darnell in front of his home on two separate occasions.
It's the same home where Darnell's 8 1/2 foot python strangled girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, Shaiunna Hare, to death in July.
Darnell was pulled over just after 5 pm at the Bob's Jiffy Mart on Highway 44, where Darnell was taken into custody.
He is charged with two counts of sale of cocaine, two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device and two counts of keep shop for dangerous drugs.
He is in the Sumter County Jail on a $110,000 bond.
Prosecutors haven't decided whether Darnell or the girl's mother, Jaren Hare, should be charged with wrongdoing Shaiunnna's death.
At the time Darell told deputies he put the snake in an unlocked cage the night before, then found the snake in the bed on top of the girl when he woke up, according to authorities.
Man apparently strangled by pet boa constrictor
Authorities say Ohioan found dead with 13-foot snake around his neck
updated 5:08 p.m. CT, Sun., Dec . 17, 2006
CINCINNATI - A 13-foot boa constrictor wrapped itself around its owner’s neck and killed the man in his home, authorities said.
An acquaintance found Ted Dres, 48, inside the snake’s cage Saturday and called police, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office said.
The snake was still strangling Dres when deputies arrived, and the officers had to work with members of an animal protection group to remove the reptile, the sheriff’s office said.
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Dres’ snake will be kept at an animal shelter awaiting instructions from police or Dres’ family, said Andy Mahlman, spokesman for the Cincinnati Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
“People who keep these type of animals as pets should know exactly what they’re doing and what they’re capable of,” Mahlman said.
He said he has seen photographs of reptile owners posing with snakes coiled around their necks.
“They don’t realize they could be a few seconds away from death,” he said.
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There is ignorant and there is stupid, ignorance can be cured but the only cure for stupid is removal from the gene pool.
Just between you, me and the neighbors dog the woman who lets a drug dealer with a dangerous snake move into her house with her little girl should also be up on murder charges not just the man who owned the snake.