Accused Killer Pleads Not Guilty in Connection With Murder of His 2-Year-Old Son Found in Alligator’s Mouth, Child’s Mother

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Source: St. Petersburg Police Department

May 5 2023, Updated 11:52 a.m. ET

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A Florida man charged with the murders of his 2-year-old son, who was found inside an alligator’s mouth, and the child’s mother has entered a not guilty plea in court, according to authorities.

On May 5, a defense attorney spoke for the suspect, Thomas Mosley, in a Pinellas County court, entering the plea for the alleged murders, which occurred after the family celebrated Mosley’s birthday in late March, WFLA reported.

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Pashun Jeffery, 20, was found dead in her apartment with over 100 stab wounds on March 30, as Front Page Detectives previously reported.

Taylen Mosley, Jeffery’s son, was reported missing at the time, and police located the toddler’s body in the mouth of an alligator at a nearby lake on March 31. Officials confirmed Taylen’s cause of death was drowning, Front Page Detectives reported.


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Thomas Mosley was charged with two counts of first degree murder in connection with the deaths. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in this case, which they described as “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel,” WFLA reported.

Mosley is scheduled to appear in court for his pre-trial hearing on June 12, officials said.


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