Florida woman let snake bite baby and posted Facebook video, police say

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A Highlands County, Florida, mother could face a child abuse charge after posting a video to Facebook that shows a rat snake biting her 1-year-old daughter.

According to a charging affidavit, Chartelle Geanette St. Laurent, 34, said she grew up catching and interacting with snakes and other reptiles as she was growing up.

According to WFTS, the video that St. Laurent had posted on Facebook showing her young daughter's first encounter with a snake has been removed.

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. "I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her without actually getting hurt".

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She lives on a rural 9-acre property and said that it is always important to her that she teach the children how to handle wildlife and what to avoid.

On Tuesday, the sheriff's office in Highlands County released the video and also commented on it, providing details as to what the footage depicts. When the baby reached for the snake, it bit her on the right thumb.

The clip caused outrage online forcing the mum to delete the footage after she faced backlash. "The people who know me know that I would never hurt my children". As the daughter cries, the mom laughs in the background, which she says was because she was surprised. "His teeth are too small to actually puncture the skin".

WFTS did not identify her, as she has not been charged with a crime.

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