A Florida mother was recently charged with child abuse after authorities learned that she let a snake bite her baby to teach her a lesson.
The mother is adamant that she didn’t put the child in harm and defended her decision to allow a snake to bite her baby.
“They just think that I hurt my child intentionally,” the mom, whose name is unknown, told ABC Action News on Monday. “The people that know me know that I would never hurt my children.”
“His teeth are too small to actually puncture the skin. So he’s very harmless,” she continued.
The mother originally posted a video of the snake biting her infant on Facebook. She found the snake in her driveway.
She figured that it would be a good way to teach her infant daughter a lesson about dangerous animals.
“So, I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her without actually getting hurt,” she said.
The snake in question, known as a rat snake, is a non-venomous snake that tends to kill rats through constriction. They are considered non-lethal to humans.
Still, parenting expert Sharon Silver, said the safeness of the snake in question is beside the point.
“It’s not that this woman lacks a maternal instinct per se, but rather a misunderstanding of how to teach an age-appropriate lesson,” Silver tells Yahoo Beauty. “One-year-olds don’t understand cause-and-effect so all that will happen is that the baby will feel unprotected and wonder, ‘Where did my mom go?’”
“While there could be merit to allowing kids to experience real-life learning lessons, they’re case-specific and not advised until a child is much older, says Silver. “However you never let a kid learn up close from a life-and-death experience.”