Florida mom lets snake bite baby to 'teach a lesson'

Austin Daniel
June 7, 2017

She said she found the snake in the family's driveway, and it had bitten another one of her kids without leaving a mark.

"People are too sensitive", she continued.

The video shows the 1-year-old child reaching for the snake and the snake striking her on her right thumb.

The mother says that she found the snake on her driveway outside her property and chose to bring it inside to introduce it to her child.

According to an arrest affidavit, Chartelle St. Laurent uploaded a video of the incident to Facebook.

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The woman lives on nine acres in rural Highlands County. As a result, the daughter no longer wanted to touch the snake.

Red Ratsnakes, sometimes referred to as Red Cornsnakes, are non-venomous and can grow to be as large as 6 feet in size. The infant screams as her mother laughs and turns the video off. You can hear the daughter flinch and cry each time the snake strikes her.

St. Laurent said she had allowed the snake to bite her first to make sure the snake would not injure the child. "They just think that I hurt my child intentionally, which, the people that know me know that I would never hurt my children". The woman later shared the video on Facebook and after it went viral, law enforcement stepped in to investigate.

"His teeth are too small to actually puncture the skin", she told ABC Action News reporter Ryan Smith.

She also said she has no regrets for the incident, according to CBS Miami.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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