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Copperhead Bites Child on Playground

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - A young Jackson girl is recovering in the hospital Wednesday, after she was bitten by a copperhead snake while playing on a local playground.

Her family members blamed overgrown grass next to the play area, where it is easy for snakes to hide.

Both Adrienna Poston's family members and residents of Park Place Apartments told 7 Eyewitness News they are ready for the grass to be cut, since it is against the rules to do it themselves.

They said they do not want another child to get hurt.

Poston, 6, plays in the Park Place playground almost every day, but this week, she has spent her time in the intensive care unit at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

"It's pitiful that a six-year-old has to go through what she's going through right now," said Dennis Chatman, Adrienna's uncle.

Chatman said Adrienna was bitten by a copperhead snake while she was playing on the slide. Her family said the snake was in the grass under the slide, when it bit her.

Residents said it has been at least three months since the grass was mowed - not just around the playground, but in the entire apartment complex.

Adrienna's family said they contacted management to cut the grass right after it happened, but nothing has been done, and they have not heard from management since.

"I'm pretty sure she probably could have somebody come over here to cut the grass the next morning, but we haven't heard or talked to her or heard from anybody," said Ebeny Borner, Adrienna's cousin.

There is a sign in front of the playground that states, "Park Place Apartments is not responsible for injury or accidents on this playground." But family members said this case is different.

"It's their responsibility to come over here and cut this grass," Borner said.

Residents said they just do not want this to happen to someone else. Chatman said kids are too afraid to play out there.

"No child should have to be playing in the parking lot, or parents having to keep them in the house due to what happened to Adrienna," Chatman said.

Calls to managers at Park Place Apartments were not returned.

Family members said they believe Adrienna will stay in the hospital for the next couple of days.
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