Authorities Reveal Cause Of Death Of 2-Year-Old Florida Boy Whose Body Was Found in Alligator's Mouth

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Source: St. Petersburg Police Department

Apr. 25 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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The 2-year-old Florida boy who was discovered in an alligator’s mouth died due to drowning, according to officials.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, the St. Petersburg Police Department said the father of the child, Thomas Mosley, 21, had killed Taylen Mosley and his mother, Pashun Jeffery, 20.

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On April 24, police released a statement saying the Pinellas Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death and Taylen “died of drowning,” NPR reported.

As previously reported, Thomas’ birthday was on March 29, which is when Jeffery’s family went to his apartment to celebrate. The family left, leaving the Mosleys and Jeffery alone at the residence.

Hours later, Thomas arrived at his mother’s house with “severe lacerations to both his hands and arms consistent with injuries caused by slippage during a knife attack,” officials said.

The next day, his mother, Jeffery, was found dead at the residence with what appeared to be over 100 stab wounds, police said.

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The child, Taylen, was nowhere to be found, but the search ended on March 31 when he was found in Lake Maggiore, about 10 blocks from where Thomas’ mother lived, officials said.

His body was found inside an alligator’s mouth.

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Police never disclosed any details on how Taylen ended up in the lake, but now authorities say he died from drowning.

Thomas’ public defender previously issued a written plea of not guilty on both the murder charges, officials said. He remains at the Pinellas County jail without bond.


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