Regulators stated that the lifeless body of a juvenile Floridian, aged two years old, was discovered during the nocturnal hours of Friday within the oral cavity of an alligator.
The Police Department situated in St. Petersburg articulated that Taylen Mosley was discovered in Lake Maggiore, and that Thomas Mosley, the father who is 21 years of age, had been accused of two counts of first-degree homicide charges for the demises of his spouse and son.
Chief Anthony Holloway expressed his condolences to the family, stating “It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that we found the body of Taylen Mosley.”
This declaration comes after the ardent search for the infant and following the detection of his mother, Pashun Jeffrey, who was discovered with numerous stab wounds within her St. Petersburg apartment on Thursday afternoon.
The juvenile had been absent since that time and a massive search was initiated with the assistance of local, state, and federal agencies. The dive teams of St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, Clearwater Fire Rescue, PCSO, and Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue scrutinized the ponds and lakes within close vicinity of the apartment complex.
Search and Rescue of Central Florida used cadaver dogs, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission assisted with the reptilian investigation.
Police specified that the investigation led investigators to search Dell Holmes Park, 2741 22nd Street South, and Lake Maggiore.
Subsequent to a day-long pursuit, authorities were alerted by evening officers who spotted an alligator with an object in its mouth. The alligator was exterminated to retrieve the body.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death of the infant.
Holloway expressed his remorse during a news conference on Friday evening, telling reporters that Mosley is hospitalized with cuts on his hands and arms, and has refused to converse with investigators. He does not currently have a representative to speak on his behalf.
The police have not disclosed how his son died, or if the alligator was involved.
Jeffrey, who was employed at a CVS store, and her son were last sighted by relatives at around 5:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday. While neighbors heard a loud altercation in close proximity to their apartment at around 8:30 p.m. on the same day, the police were not notified.
On Thursday, Jeffrey’s mother contacted the apartment complex property manager after not hearing from her daughter. Jeffrey was found to have been stabbed multiple times in what Holloway described as “a very violent crime scene.”
Thomas Mosley went to his mother’s residence approximately at 9 p.m. on Wednesday with injuries on his arms and hands. The chief stated that he admitted himself to a local hospital, where he remained on Friday night.
The pair had only recently relocated to the apartment complex approximately a month ago.
The Associated Press provided contributions to this report.