Python case defendants plead

LAS VEGAS (AP) " The parents of a 3-year-old boy who was attacked by a pet python have made an Alford plea to avoid trial on felony child neglect, abuse and endangerment charges.

The plea entered Tuesday means that 25-year-old Melissa Melendrez and 26-year-old Anthony Melendrez admit no wrongdoing but acknowledge that prosecutors could prove the charges at trial.

Authorities say the 18-foot snake coiled around the boy before Melissa Melendrez stabbed it more than a dozen times with a kitchen knife.

Authorities say it took six police officers, an animal control officer and the boy's mother to pry the snake away from the boy.

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