Parents Arrested for Python Attack

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Police say the parents of a 3-year-old boy who
was attacked by a pet python snake have been arrested on felony
child neglect, abuse and endangerment charges.

Records showed that 26-year-old Anthony Melendrez and
25-year-old Melissa Melendrez were being held Tuesday at the Clark
County jail pending initial court appearances on Thursday.

Police say the 18-foot python bit and coiled itself around the
boy Jan. 20 at a southwest Las Vegas home.

Officials say the snake began squeezing the breath out of the
child before Melissa Melendrez stabbed the snake more than a dozen
times with a kitchen knife.

The python was later euthanized by animal control officials.

Investiigators allege that a 5-year-old child who was in the home
also was endangered.

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