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New details emerge in death of toddler killed by alligator at Disney

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Fourth Estate Staff

Bay Lake, FL, United States (4E) – A final report regarding the death of the Nebraska toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World earlier this year has been released and it says that the animal bit the two-year-old’s head.

Two-year-old Lane Graves bent down the edge of a lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort when the seven-foot alligator snatched him. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s final report said that the boy died from drowning and a crushing bite. The death is classified under a predatory attack as Graves did not do anything to provoke the alligator.

Another detail that was emphasized in the final report is the fact that the alligator’s fear of humans might have diminished since it has been in area with many people.

It was also stated in the final report that several visitors alerted Disney employees that there were alligators minutes before the attack. One of the visitors, who is from South Carolina, said that he photographed the alligator from his hotel balcony an hour and a half before the attack. He then saw children playing in the water and was about to go out to warn them about the animal. He then heard the mother of Graves screaming.

The father of Graves tried to free his son from the jaws of the alligator and wrestled with the animal. The alligator, however, overpowered him and took the boy in his mouth as it went back to the water. Crews were able to recover the body of the boy after 16 hours.

A total of six alligators, two were females, were killed in an attempt to search for the animal that took the life of Graves.

Since the attack, Disney posted signs that warned people of alligators. Boulder walls were also built along the Seven Seas Lagoon beach line.

The family will not sue the resort. The family added in a statement, “We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane. As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world.”

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