Pa. Girl Suffocated by Family Python

Associated Press

An 8-year-old girl died after her family's pet Burmese python wrapped itself around her neck and suffocated her.

The 10-foot-long snake was one of five legally owned by the family, police said.

Amber Mountain's mother left home for a short time Wednesday and returned to find that the snake had escaped from its cage. The girl was unconscious and had no pulse when paramedics arrived.

She died Friday night in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Coroner's office said.

Phone calls to the family's home were not returned Saturday.

It is legal to keep exotic snakes as pets in Irwin, police said.

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