Charges Unlikely For Parents Of Toddler Taken By Alligator at Disney Resort


After a two-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, officials say that charges are unlikely against the Nebraska boy's parents.

The Associated Press reports Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a news conference "there was no indication Will and Melissa Graves of suburban Omaha, Nebraska committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son, Lane Graves."

Demings also stated, "There's nothing in this case to indicate that there was anything extraordinary" regarding possible negligence by the boy's parents.

The boy was wading in the lagoon at the Disney resort when an alligator snatched him on Tuesday night. His parents attempted to save him, but were unsuccessful. While there were "no swimming" signs, there was no signage to suggest the presence of alligators in the area.

Sheriff Demings has also mentioned in the news conference that his department and the state wildlife agency would look into the issue with the signs surrounding the Disney property.

Lane Graves' body was found intact yesterday afternoon after more than 50 authorities searched the Seven Seas Lagoon that stretches over about 200 acres throughout Disney property. The sheriff reported that it was a dive team that eventually located the boy's body.

Reportedly the alligator dragged the toddler into the water and dragged the body near the spot where he was last seen.


"Of course the family was distraught, but I also believe somewhat relieved that his body was found somewhat intact" Demings stated in the conference.

Disney has expressed their sincerest condolences to the Graves family and done their best to comfort them in the wake of this tragedy.