Tot Found in Alligator’s Mouth After Dad Murdered Mom Had Drowned, Coroner Says

A Florida coroner announced on Monday that a 2-year-old boy who was found in an alligator’s mouth in March — after his father allegedly murdered his mother — had drowned.

According to WFLA, St. Petersburg police believe Thomas Mosley, 21, threw Taylen Mosley into Lake Maggiore after he stabbed his son’s mother, Pashun Jeffery, 20, 100 times in her apartment. Jeffery was found dead in her bathroom on March 30, a day before her son’s body was discovered in an alligator’s mouth.

According to WESH, Taylen and his mother were last seen alive on March 29. Three hours after they were last seen, neighbors reportedly heard a racket in the vicinity of their apartment but the police were not called.

After killing the pair, Thomas allegedly went to his mother’s home with wounds on his hands that were consistent with a stabbing. WFLA reported that a bottle of cleaning solution had Thomas’ bloody fingerprint on it.

An AMBER Alert was issued for Taylen following the discovery of his mother’s body. Thomas, who was hospitalized for his injuries, did not cooperate with the search.

Thomas has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He remains jailed without bond.

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[Featured image: Taylen Mosley/St. Petersburg Police Department]