ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Tragedy struck the community of St. Petersburg when the body of two-year-old Taylen Mosley was found in an alligator’s mouth at Lake Maggiore Friday night.
The child had been missing since Thursday afternoon, March 30th, when his mother, Pashun Jeffery, was found stabbed to death in their apartment.
A large-scale search effort was launched, involving numerous local, state, and federal agencies. The search led investigators to Dell Holmes Park and Lake Maggiore, where the child’s body was eventually found.
According to Chief Holloway of the St. Petersburg Police Department, officers were alerted to an alligator seen carrying something in its mouth.
The alligator was killed, and the child’s body was retrieved and confirmed to be Taylen Mosley. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Chief Holloway also announced that Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, has been charged with two counts of 1st-degree murder for the deaths of Pashun Jeffery and Taylen Mosley.
Alligators are opportunistic predators with an indiscriminate appetite that includes fish, birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and even fruit.
Because of their predatory nature, alligators may target people, pets, and livestock as food.