Body of Missing Florida Toddler Found in Alligator’s Mouth After Mother’s Murder
The desperate search for a missing Florida toddler ended on Friday after the boy’s body was found in the jaws of an alligator. Authorities had been searching for Taylen Mosley since Thursday after police found his mother dead in her apartment. The boy’s father has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
2-year-old Taylen had been the subject of a statewide Amber Alert since Thursday. St. Petersburg police organized search parties and called on volunteers to help find the boy, saying they believed “he could be in danger.”
#stpetepd Chief Holloway said It’s with great sadness that we report we found the body of Taylen Mosley in Lake Maggiore. His father Thomas Mosley is charged with 2 counts of 1st degree murder. pic.twitter.com/I1hsIj0UAw
— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) April 1, 2023
“The investigation led detectives to search… Lake Maggiore. After spending all day searching the area, this evening officers were alerted to an alligator seen with something in its mouth.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue reportedly deployed a dive team to the lake to investigate. After police arrived at the scene, officers fired a single round into the alligator.
“The alligator was killed in order to retrieve the body, confirmed as that of Taylen Mosley. The medical examiner will determine what caused his death.”
Following the tragic news, WFLA News spoke with some of the boy’s surviving family.
BREAKING. 2-year-old Taylen Mosley's body has been found according to St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway. The father Thomas is now charged with 2 counts of first degree murder. #TaylenMosley #RIP pic.twitter.com/qWAcBnCfNn
— Josh Benson (@WFLAJosh) April 1, 2023
“He’s always calling his mom on his cell phone,” Lakita Denson said. “He miss his mom, they calling each other all the time. She really loved Taylen.” Theo Brickhouse-Sails added, “We just want to say that Taylen is a beautiful little boy. He’s really loving and caring.”
Taylen’s mother, Pashun, was discovered dead Thursday from multiple stab wounds. Detectives found her body in her apartment, with a trail of blood leading from her car. The boy’s father, Thomas, checked himself into the hospital the same day with several “cuts to his hands into his arms.” He was immediately named a person of interest.
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The department also acknowledged the many volunteers that assisted in trying to locate Taylen,
“The detectives and officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department worked tirelessly on this case. The Department would like to thank all of the agencies that assisted in this investigation… Chief Holloway would also like all of the many volunteers who planned to join us Saturday morning searching for Taylen. Unfortunately, their assistance is no longer needed.”
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