Frantic Search for Missing Florida Toddler Ends in Tragedy [Video]
What You Need To Know:
- A 2-year-old boy’s body was found in the mouth of an alligator in Florida after he went missing when his mother was found stabbed to death.
- The father has been charged with the murders of the boy and his mother.
- The cause of the boy’s death is still under investigation.
The body of 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery was found dead in her St. Petersburg apartment from “multiple stab wounds” on Wednesday evening. Her 2-year-old son, Taylen Mosley, was not found inside the apartment with his dead mother.
The St. Petersburg Police Department launched a frantic search for the missing boy, and a statewide Amber Alert was sent out to locate Taylen. On Friday, the body of Taylen Mosley was found in the mouth of an alligator in Dell Holmes Park, close to Lake Maggiore.
Police noticed an alligator “with an object in its mouth,” which was later confirmed to be the child’s body. Officers shot the alligator, causing it to release the boy, and it was subsequently euthanized. The cause of Taylen’s death is still under investigation.
The medical examiner will determine how the 2-year-old boy died and what role the alligator attack played in his death. Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his son and Pashun Jeffery.
Thomas Mosley had been named as a person of interest after he checked himself into a local hospital with “cuts to his hands and arms.” He has not yet entered a plea and remains in custody.