The body of a 2-year-old Florida boy who had been missing since his mother was murdered on Thursday was also found dead in the mouth of an alligator on Friday, police said.
Police were waiting for the coroner to examine Tylen Mosley’s body and determine the cause of death, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway said Friday.
Holloway, however, said the boy’s father, Thomas Mosley, 21, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of the boy’s mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffrey, and their infant son Tyren. said it was.The department posted the news on its news Facebook page.
A half-day frenzy involving local, state and federal authorities, including diving teams and police officers using drones, since the body of a boy’s mother was found stabbed to death in her St. Petersburg apartment on Thursday afternoon. The search for was continuing.
While searching for the boy in the nearby recreational area of Dell Holmes Park and Lake Maggiore, detectives spotted an alligator in the lake with something in its mouth. When they realized it was the body of a child, they fired at the crocodile and killed it.
In a Friday night press conference posted by a Tampa Bay Area television station, Holloway said, “As the detectives approached, they fired one shot at the alligator, which dropped the object and were able to retrieve Tylenn’s body unharmed. I did,” he said. Spectrum Bay News 9.
“I’m sorry it had to end like this,” Holloway said at a press conference.
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Police issued a yellow alert to Tylen on Thursday after police discovered his mother’s body. was witnessed by According to police, neighbors heard a loud commotion near the apartment around 8:30 p.m., but police were not called.
Jeffrey’s mother contacted the apartment complex’s property manager after not hearing anything from her daughter the next day. Jeffrey and Tylenn moved in only about a month ago, according to the family. That’s when Jeffrey was found dead in what Holloway described as a “very violent crime scene” where he had been stabbed multiple times.
Thomas Mosley went to his mother’s house around 9 p.m. Wednesday with cuts to his arm and hand, then was admitted to a local hospital, where he stayed Friday night. So I asked for a lawyer later,” Mosley said.
Contributed by Associated Press.
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