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Criminal Investigation Launched in Nightmare Snake Attack that Killed Two Boys

Africian Rock Python

Canadian authorities are investigating a chilling and deadly snake attack in New Brunswick this week. A 14 -foot-long, 100-pound African Rock Python escaped his cage to crawl up into a ceiling and then into the ducts of a New Brunswick pet shop and apartment building. Like a horror scene, it crawled through the building’s ducts until a ceiling collapsed, tumbling the python down into the room where Connor and Noah Barthe, aged 6 and 4, were sleeping.

Both boys were found dead Monday morning by Jean-Claude Savoie, a family  friend who owned the snake and a pet shop below the apartment where the boys were staying.

“I thought they were sleeping until I seen the hole in the ceiling. Everything had fallen. And I turned the lights on and I seen this horrific scene,” Savoie said in a phone interview with the Canadian website Global News.

CNN reported today that preliminary autopsy results indicate that the boys died from asphyxiation.

Canada’s Global News reported that criminal charges are being considered. It’s unclear right now whether the snake was legally contained within the building, but if the snake was not properly contained, Savoie could be charged.

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