The heartbroken family of the 2-year-old boy who was found inside the mouth of an alligator have spoken out.
Taylen Mosley, 2, was declared missing after his mother Pashun Jeffery, 20, was found dead in their home on March 30.
On April 1, the toddler was found inside the mouth of the reptile around 10 miles away from their home.
St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Halloway said that police were investigating the area of Dell Holmes Park when they spotted the alligator with ‘an object in its mouth’.
They immediately fired at the reptile before it dropped the body of Taylen.
But by the time officers managed to get the toddler out, he had already succumbed to his serious injuries.
“We didn’t want to find him this way,” Holloway said, “but at least we can bring some closure to that family now. We are sorry it has had to end this way.”
Pashun’s great aunt, Theo Brickhouse-Sails, told WFLA how she felt something was wrong when her calls ended up in voicemail.
“And nobody answered. And just kept going to voicemail, and my gut told me something was wrong,” she said, adding how she drove to St. Petersburg and knocked on the mother’s door, only to discover trails of blood.
“I would have never, in a million years, when this week started, ever thought that something like this would happen,” she continued.
“We were supposed to have taken Taylen Saturday.”
Brickhouse-Salis wants people to remember the mother and toddler as “two kids who absolutely loved each other.
“Adjusting without them in life is going to be hard,” she added.
Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He had been named a person of interest after he went to a hospital with ‘cuts to his hands into his arms.’
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