A missing Florida 2-year-old whose mother was discovered slain in her apartment was found Friday in the jaws of an alligator, St. Petersburg police said.
The child’s father has been charged with murder.
Police Chief Anthony Holloway reported that a detective shot and killed the alligator.
At a news conference, Holloway stated, “We didn’t want to find him this way, but at least we can bring some closure to that family today.
Taylen Mosley has not been seen since his mother, Pashun Jeffery, 20, was discovered dead in her apartment on Thursday, according to the police.
She had been stabbed multiple times, Holloway said Friday.
The child’s father, Thomas Mosley, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, the police chief said.
The child was found near Dell Holmes Park, which is close to Lake Maggiore, almost 10 miles from his mother’s apartment, Holloway said.
Family members saw Jeffery and her child Wednesday, and on Thursday, they asked an apartment manager to check when they couldn’t reach her, police have said.
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 hospitalized Friday. He did not speak to detectives and requested a lawyer, according to the police chief.
Friday night, it didn’t appear that case information was accessible online, and it wasn’t known if Mosley had a lawyer who could represent him.
Federal and state law enforcement organizations, dogs, and a drone were used for hunting for the kid. He has also received an Amber Alert.
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