2 Alligators Were Involved in Toddler's Disney Death: Report
A recently released fire department report reveals there were two alligators involved in the death of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was dragged into a lagoon at a Disney resort last month.
According to the Reedy Creek Fire Department, the second gator attacked the boy's father Matt Graves as he tried to keep the first gator from pulling 2-year-old Lane into the water, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lane Graves’ body was found a day later at the bottom of the 7 Seas Lagoon, just 15 yards from where he was snatched while playing in ankle deep water at the Grand Floridian resort.
In total, five gators were destroyed from the lagoon over the course of the search.
Disney World has now put up a fence at the beach where the attack took place.
An autopsy showed he died from traumatic injuries and drowning.
Matt and Melissa Graves released a statement that read: “Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time.
"To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude.”
His parents have established a foundation in their son’s name to benefit charitable organizations.