Bushnell, Florida -- Prosecutors say they know of nothing else like it in Florida's history.
A parent will be tried Monday for third-degree murder, manslaughter, and child neglect after a pet snake killed her own child.
The state says the facts of this case go so far beyond a tragic accident that this was criminal.
Documents show the couple had not fed the eight-and-a-half-foot albino Burmese python for a month before the incident.
And the python had escaped repeatedly from its tank in their home in the Sumter County town of Oxford.
The mother's boyfriend, Charles Darnell, told detectives the snake was in its tank when he went to bed on June 30th, 2009.
An hour later, he found the python in the hallway. So he stuffed it into a mesh bag and put it back into its tank.
Darnell told investigators he found the snake coiled around the head of two-year old Shaiunna Hare the next morning.