Mom Lets Snake Bite 1-Year-Old Daughter to Teach Her a Lesson

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Parents have been known to demonstrate "tough love" and get creative when it comes to teachable moments, but the Internet is torn over whether or not this mom crossed the line. Chartelle Geanette St. Laurent is facing potential abuse charges after the 34-year-old Florida mom allowed a snake to bite her 1-year-old child as a "learning experience."

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St. Laurent reportedly shared a now-deleted Facebook video that shows the mom placing a small snake she found in front of her baby girl. In the clip, you see St. Laurent's 1-year-old daughter reach for the serpent before being bitten -- resulting in the baby crying while her mom can be heard laughing in the background.

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Though the video is no longer on Facebook, news outlets have been sharing the clip, along with the mom's defense of her controversial "The More You Know" learning opportunity.

"It had bitten me and my son and didn't leave a mark, several times," St. Laurent told ABC Action News. "So, I thought it was a good opportunity to introduce her [to the danger of snakes] without actually getting hurt."

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When asked about the backlash -- including the possible child abuse charge the State Attorney's Office is now considering -- St. Laurent still stands by her snake-biting decision.

"People are too sensitive," she claimed. "They just think that I hurt my child intentionally. The people that know me know that I would never hurt my children. She's [St. Laurent's daughter] not scared of snakes but she doesn't want to touch them, either. That was my goal."

St. Laurent's actions have sparked a debate about how far parents should go to teach their kids a lesson, especially when said kid is only 1.

Many expressed outrage at the idea of a parent going so far as to let a snake actually bite her child.

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Others, however, thought people frustrated with the situation were making a big deal about something seemingly harmless.

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No matter how much parents want to protect their children from harm, at some point, you have to wonder whether or not certain courses of action cross the line -- or are even appropriate, depending on the child's age.

As Scott Dressel, a public information officer with the Highland County Sheriff's Office, told ABC Action News, "There's always ways to teach your children lessons, and this just did not seem like a good way to teach your child."

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