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LAKE BUENA VISTA, UNITED STATES: Visitors and staff celebrate 05 May, 2005, as fireworks explode over Cinderella's Castle at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The park is taking part in Disney's 50th Anniversary. AFP PHOTO Robert SULLIVAN (Photo credit: ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Alabama family says an escaped snake at Disney’s Animal Kingdom dropped from a tree and bit a boy, which led to the death of the boy’s grandmother.

The family’s attorney, Matt Morgan, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World.

He says the grandmother saw the snake bite the boy in 2014, went into cardiac arrest and died two days later.

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler says the allegations “are an utter mischaracterization of the facts.”

Disney contends the snake was wild, not part of an Animal Kingdom exhibit, and that there was no call for an ambulance for the grandmother after the incident.

Disney also says after the boy was treated with a Band-Aid, the family returned to the park.