Father arrested after missing 2-year-old boy was found dead inside alligator’s mouth
Two-year-old Taylen Moley disappeared in Florida. His body was found inside the mouth of an alligator a day after his mother was found stabbed to death.
Thomas Mosley, the father of the toddler, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, for the child and the boy’s mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery, the Associated Press reported.
Anthony Holloway, Chief of Police in St. Petersburg, stated that the boy was discovered by officers on Friday, March 31st. They saw an alligator in a lake with “an object inside its mouth”, which was quickly identified as the child’s body.
The alligator was euthanized by officers who opened fire on it. Police said that the reptile was euthanized.
Holloway stated in a press conference, “We are sorry that it had to end this manner.”
Police said it’s not yet clear how the child died and whether he was dead before ending up in the lake, The New York Post reported.
Police had been searching for the child after they found Jeffery dead from multiple stab wounds
inside her apartment on Thursday afternoon, March 30, at what police described as “a very violent crime scene,” according to AP.
Neighbors had heard a loud commotion near their apartment on Wednesday night, March 29, but police were not called.
Mosley, the boy’s father, checked himself into a local hospital on Wednesday night with cuts on his arms and hands. He was still in the hospital as of Friday night and is refusing to speak with authorities, police said.