Body of 2-year-old boy grabbed by alligator at Disney resort recovered

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Courtesy Orange County Sheriff's Department.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The 2-year-old boy who witnesses said was pulled by an alligator into a lagoon near a Walt Disney World hotel has been found dead, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN on Wednesday.

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The boy’s family was at movie night outdoors at the Grand Floridian resort when around 9 p.m. the boy waded into about a foot of water in a lagoon, authorities have said. Witnesses, including the boy’s horrified parents, tried to save him.

His father jumped in and tried to pry the gator’s mouth open. His mother jumped in, too.

The child was dragged underwater in the Seven Seas Lagoon, witnesses told authorities. The lagoon is connected to a series of canals that feed into large bodies of water, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley.

The Reedy Creek emergency services call center first received a report about the attack at 9:16 p.m.

A search began for the boy immediately, with boats from Disney searching along with law enforcement.

Disney executives and Gov. Rick Scott have expressed their willingness to help in any way, the sheriff explained, and Disney employees are trying — under unimaginable circumstances — to keep the boy’s family as comfortable as possible.

Demings said he expects officials will make family members’ names public Wednesday evening.

By midmorning Wednesday, Disney had closed all beaches in its resort area “out of an abundance of caution” following the attack, a Disney representative said.

Wiley said the child was on the edge of the lagoon when the alligator attacked, according to the boy’s family. He cautioned that the investigation is still in an early stage and officials need to interview at least two other families who may have witnessed the attack.

Demings specifically said that the child was “wading … along the lake’s edge at the time that the alligator attacked.”

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1 Comment

  • amanda moyer

    Well the parents should of been watching the boy very closely in my opinion they shouldn’t blame the park just because they didn’t keep a close eye on their kids especially a two year old somebody should of been watching him big time since he was that young no offense but this is just my opinion the parents should be held responsible since it was their kid & he was only two at that time so in my opinion if u can’t keep your eyes on your children then it makes u a bad parents & in my opinion u shouldn’t of been having kids in the first place therefore that’s why we have different forms of birth control now & my question is why ain’t people using it no offense but wheres their common sense at how many more childrens deaths are their going to be before the parents will open up their dang eyes & realize that they need to watch their children or it doesn’t look good on their part

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