Body of Florida boy, 2, found in mouth of alligator after desperate search; father charged with murder
Officials said The body of a 2-year-old Florida boy It was found in the mouth of a crocodile on Friday night.
Taylor Mosley was found in Lake Maggiore and his father, Thomas Mosley, 21, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his young son and wife, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.
“It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that we have found the body of Taylon Mosley,” Chief Anthony Holloway said in a statement.
The announcement comes after a search for the child and his mother, 20-year-old Pushon Jeffrey. He was found murdered by a knife. Thursday afternoon in his St. Petersburg apartment.
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The boy has been missing ever since. A massive search was launched With the help of local, state and federal agencies.
Dive teams from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, Clearwater Fire Rescue, PCSO and Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue searched ponds and lakes near the apartment complex.
Central Florida Search and Rescue conducted the search using cadaver dogs and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted the reptile.
The investigation led detectives to search Dale Holmes Park, 2741 22nd Street South, and Lake Maggiore, police said.
After a day-long search, Syrian officers were alerted to a crocodile with something in its mouth. The crocodile was killed to retrieve the carcass.
The medical examiner will determine the child’s cause of death.
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“We’re sorry it had to end this way,” Holloway told reporters during a Friday night news conference after Mosley was hospitalized with cuts on his hands and arms and refused to speak to investigators. has refused. They do not yet have a lawyer to speak on their behalf.
Police did not say how her son was killed Whether the crocodile played a role. in this.
Jeffrey, who worked at a CVS store, and his son were last seen by family members Wednesday at 5:20 p.m. ET. Neighbors heard a loud commotion near their apartment around 8:30 that night, but the police were not called.
On Thursday, Jeffrey’s mother contacted the apartment complex’s property manager after not hearing from her daughter. Jeffrey was found stabbed multiple times in what Holloway described as “a very violent crime scene.”
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Thomas Mosley went to his mother’s house around 9 p.m. Wednesday with injuries to his arms and hands, the chief said, before taking himself to a local hospital, where he remained Friday night.
The couple moved into the apartment complex about a month ago.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.