In child's python death, has mom suffered enough?
A mom and her boyfriend have been charged with third-degree murder in the death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter who was strangled by a python. Contrary to previous reports, officials now say the snake was owned by the girl's mother, 19-year-old Jaren Hare, not her live-in boyfriend, Charles Darnell. Hare and Darnell also face charges of manslaughter of a child and felony child abuse in the death of 2-year-old Shaiunna Hare.
Police now say that Hare and Darnell rebuffed attempts by family and friends to get them to lock up the python in a cage, which prosecutors called "reckless conduct" that allowed the snake to get out and kill the little girl.
This is like having a pit bull that's not tied up and mauls a child, or keeping a loaded gun in an unlocked drawer where kids can get at it. Those careless actions lead to a death. But you have to wonder: This woman lost her child in a tragic way. Has she already been punished enough? What more could the court system do to her?
-- Sherry Robinson