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Alligator seizes, drags toddler into lagoon; where were his parents?

Sheriff: ‘We're not likely going to recover a live body’ of 2-year-old grabbed by alligator estimated at seven foot long It has happened again. Another small child has come in contact with a dangerous animal ---

Sheriff: ‘We’re not likely going to recover a live body’ of 2-year-old grabbed by alligator estimated at seven foot long

It has happened again. Another small child has come in contact with a dangerous animal — this time, a 7-foot alligator. But this time in all likelihood there will be no rescue.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr., a Compton native, is publisher and editor of the Compton Herald.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr., a Compton native, is publisher and editor of the Compton Herald.

A child who was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by the reptile near Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday night, had been missing more than eight hours as of this composition. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the 2-year-old boy was dragged into the lagoon about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The family of five from Nebraska was reportedly on vacation and wading in the lagoon Tuesday evening when the attack happened, Demings said.

According to Demings the father suffered scratches attempting to rescue his son. He was assisted by more than 50 law enforcement personnel who searched the lagoon overnight, along with an alligator tracker and two marine units.

Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla., with Disney World in background. Photo: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla., with Disney World in the background. Photo: Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

“The sad reality of it is it’s been several hours and we’re not likely going to recover a live body,” Demings said, adding, “We’re not leaving until we recover the child.”

Futile thinking. Alligators are predators constantly seeking prey.  Because the toddler is still missing after more than eight hours, he has likely perished by drowning, if not worse.

Demings said the attack happened in an area of the Seven Seas Lagoon where “no swimming” signs were clearly posted. The lagoon, which is stocked with fish, according to a resort guest, adjoins a natural lake.

This is the second time in two weeks, parental irresponsibility has led to a precarious child/animal encounter. You, of course, remember the tense moments two weeks ago when a 450-pound male silverback gorilla held a precocious 3-year old child in its grasp after the child fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Now, an alligator seizes a toddler in the midst of his parents and two siblings, then vanishes like a thief in the night. I cannot imagine what two adults might have been thinking of or focused upon while their 2-year old waded in a lagoon in the darkness. Surely someone should have been holding the boy’s hand.

Now, it appears careless parents again unfocused on their small child have reaped the whirlwind with a horrific, unimaginable loss.

 

 

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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