(As originally published with family photos, Mon, April 3rd 2023, 1:22 PM EDT)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (TND) — The 2-year-old boy missing after his mother was found murdered last week in Florida is also dead. His body was found in the jaws of an alligator and now his father is facing two counts of first-degree murder.
Taylen Mosley was the subject of an AMBER Alert in St. Petersburg.
On Thursday, his 20-year-old mother Pashun Jeffery was found murdered in her apartment. And Taylen was nowhere to be found.
Police said Taylen could be in danger and a massive search followed for the boy. He and the gator were found in Lake Maggiore, 13 miles from his mother’s apartment.
The detectives had been there all afternoon and while they were there, they spotted an alligator with an object in his mouth,” Chief Anthony Holloway of the St. Petersburg Police Department said. “As the detective got closer, they fired one round to the alligator. The alligator dropped the object that he had in his mouth and we were able to retrieve Taylen’s body intact.
It’s not yet known whether Taylen was dead before or after the alligator had him.
Then, over the weekend, his father appeared in court.
Thomas Isaiah Mosley, 21, is charged with murdering both the mother of his child, and his young son.
Police said Wednesday, Mosley checked himself into a hospital for cuts on his hands and arms. That was the last day neighbors saw the mother and her child alive.
Police had described what they found in the mother’s apartment as a “very violent homicide scene.”
They arrested Mosley once he left the hospital. No motive was released. Wednesday was Thomas Mosley’s birthday.