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Python attacks one year old IL child

Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:01:26 CDT
By: AP

Police say a 2-foot-long ball python entered a Mattoon apartment and wrapped itself around the foot of a sleeping 1-year-old boy. Mattoon Police Department Deputy Chief Jason Taylor says the boy's parents awoke to find the snake attacking their son. His father used a blanket to pull the python off the child, and his mother took the boy to a health center for treatment of a bite mark, bruise and scratches. The child's mother, Sara Lacey, says she'd never seen the python before and the apartment building is supposed to be pet-free. Taylor says investigators believe the python escaped from a neighboring apartment.

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