Sebring-area mom admits allowing snake to bite her baby, report says

Raquel Nash
June 7, 2017

The woman, has not been charged with anything and her name has not been released, according to ABC Action News in Tampa Bay.

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

Investigators say St. Laurent admitted to holding the container up to the child and allowed the snake to strike her, as seen in the video.

"As she has observed poisonous snakes, including coral snakes, at the property before, Chartelle St. Laurent elected to take the opportunity of finding the juvenile non-poisonous red rat snake to expose [the girl] to", the report stated. She said it's important for her children to learn how to deal with wild animals.

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office is investigating what happened. "People that know me know that I would never hurt my children", she added.

Red Ratsnakes are sometimes called Red Cornsnakes, are non-venomous and can eventually grow to about six-feet long, ABC News reported.


She says the baby was not hurt, only scared of the snake's movement.

She has since deleted the Facebook video.

"People are too sensitive", she told WFTS. She now believes her methods are teaching her children a valuable lesson.

Continuing, St. Laurent said that the snake's teeth were "too small to actually puncture the skin".

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

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