Vigil set for 2 Canada boys strangled to death by python
TORONTO (AP) - The mother of two small boys strangled by a 45kg python in their sleep earlier this week in Canada had posted photos on Facebook last year of the boys playing in and cleaning her neighbour's snake enclosure.
Ms Mandy Trecartin's Facebook page shows hundreds of photos of her sons, including a few showing Noah Barthe, four, and Connor Barthe, six, happily scrubbing the glass enclosure, which she identified as an anaconda habitat.
Investigators have said they were waiting for the results of an autopsy on the boys, as well as a necropsy on the snake, before commenting further on the cause of death. The shocked community planned a vigil on Wednesday.
The snake, an African rock python, apparently escaped from its enclosure in the building, slithered through a ventilation system and fell through the ceiling into the room where the young boys were sleeping, the authorities said. They had been visiting the apartment of a friend whose father owned an exotic pet store in the floor below.