A toddler’s body has been found by Florida police in an alligator’s mouth with his father charged with his alleged murder.
Taylen Mosley, 2, was reported missing on Thursday after his mother was discovered slain in her apartment.
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A detective shot and killed the alligator, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.
“We didn’t want to find him this way, but at least we can bring some closure to that family now,” Holloway said at a news conference.
Mosley had been missing since Thursday when his mother Pashun Jeffery, 20, was found dead in her apartment.
She had been stabbed multiple times, Holloway said.
The child’s father, Thomas Mosley, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
The toddler was found near Dell Holmes Park, Holloway said.
The park is close to Lake Maggiore, almost 16km from his mother’s apartment.
Family members saw Jeffery and her child on Wednesday, police sad.
On Thursday, they asked an apartment manager to check when they couldn’t reach her.
The boy’s cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner, Holloway said.
Thomas Mosley checked himself into a hospital and had cuts on his arms and hands, Holloway said, and he remained hospitalised on Friday.
He did not speak to detectives and requested a lawyer, Holloway said.
Online case information did not appear to be available Friday night, and it was not clear if Mosley had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
A search for the boy included dogs, a drone, and federal and state law enforcement agencies. An Amber Alert had also been issued for him.
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