Toddler missing after gator attack at Disney resort!!


Toddler missing after gator attack at Disney resort!!

Toddler missing after gator attack at Disney resort!!

A toddler playing outside his waterfront hotel at Walt Disney World was attacked by an alligator Tuesday evening and dragged into a lagoon as his horrified parents looked on, officials said.

The 2-year-old’s father desperately ran into the water and tried to save the boy by wrestling the roughly 6-foot-long gator — and the boy’s mother also tried in vain to free the child, cops said.

But the ferocious reptile was able to pull the boy into the dark lagoon at about 9:30 p.m.  

“The father was near the child who was playing in the water when the alligator came up and attacked him,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at a news conference early Wednesday.

“The father entered the water and tried to grab the child but was not successful.”
Demings said the child and two siblings had been vacationing with their parents since Sunday.

The family, from Nebraska, were enjoying an evening of fireworks and a “movie night” near the Seven Seas Lagoon when tragedy struck.

Officials said that the child was about two feet into the water while his parents and siblings were on land just a few feet away when the alligator attacked.


An official with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said every effort was being made to locate the boy.

“We are working on locating the child and trapping this alligator,” the FFW representative said. “We express our thoughts and prayers to family during this difficult time.”

Officials said early Wednesday they had deployed sonar, helicopters and divers in their search.

“We are not leaving until we recover the child,” Demings said.

More than 50 members of law enforcement were involved in the search, officials said.

The names of the boy and his parents had not been released as of early Wednesday.

The sheriff said there have been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks at the lake.

“As a father, as a grandfather, we are going to hope for the best in these circumstances,” Demings said. “But based on my 35 years of experience, we know that we have some challenges ahead.”

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