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Python deaths of Barthe brothers in Campbellton lead to arrest

02/05/2015 02:02 EST | Updated 04/07/2015 05:59 EDT
An arrest has been made in Quebec in connection with the python strangling deaths of two brothers in Campbellton, N.B., in 2013.

The arrest was confirmed by New Brunswick RCMPin a news release on Thursday afternoon. No name was provided.

The individual is currently in police custody. At this point no charges have been laid, said Cpl. Chantal Farrah, and the investigation is continuing.

Connor Barthe, 6, and his brother Noah, 4, were killed on Aug. 5, 2013, by an African rock python that escaped from its cage in a pet store located in the same building where the boys were sleeping.

Reptile Ocean was an unlicensed zoo and pet store, New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources officials have said.

Jean-Claude Savoie, the owner of Reptile Ocean, was the subject of a criminal investigation, but was never charged in relation to the boys' deaths.

The RCMP turned the file over to Crown prosecutors in July.

A report from the task force, struck by the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources to review the province’s exotic animal laws and regulations and recommend changes to prevent future tragedies, is expected in March.

More to come

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