Today’s newspaper in my Canadian home province revealed that yesterday, Jean-Claude Savoie was charged with criminal negligence for the deaths of 4 year old Noah and 6 year old Connor Barthe,2 young Campbellton boys living in the province of New Brunswick in Canada.
The 2 boys accdg to autopsy reports ,had died as a result of being asphyxiated by a 45 kg African rock python that was being housed in the same apartment where they stayed for a sleepover. It was located above the reptile store which Savoie owned—called Reptile Ocean.
Sleepovers of this nature was done repeatedly in the past by these 2 boys since they were friends with Savoie’s young son.
As per RCMP reports, it was believed that the python escaped from its closure,falling through the ceiling near where the 2 boys were sleeping on the floor.
After this incident, Savoie left Campbellton to be with family members who are based in Montreal,Quebec.
As for Reptile Ocean, 27 reptiles were seized by the New Brunswick Dept. of Natural Resources. Majority were distributed to other Canadian zoos but 4 of these reptiles were put down when no zoo would take them.
Jean-Claude Savoie will appear in Campbellton provincial court on April 27,2015.