Python swallows baby in Edo State - Graphic picture

 A python, yesterday, swallowed a baby at Okada, Edo State.
Witnesses say the snake, measuring about 10ft long, swallowed a six-month-old baby that was left abandoned outside a house.
The baby was reportedly left on a mat outside, while the mother went inside. A witness, who claimed to have arrived the scene as the snake was in the process of swallowing the baby, raised an alarm. People rushed to the scene and killed the snake, but were too late to save the baby.

My question is, if someone saw the snake in the process of swallowing the baby, why didn't they kill it before it completed the job and at least try to save the child. Where was the child's mother? There's no way a snake would be swallowing a baby and the baby would not be screaming its lungs out at least at first. I'm so freaked out by the story and the picture is not helping matters.


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Can you believe the words that are coming out of that woman's mouth? "The python misses the boy" "You never know when your child is going to heaven through your snake". I'm speechless. What are people doing keeping these things as pets?