Taylen Mosley, a missing Florida boy whose mother was found dead in the family’s St Petersburg, Florida, apartment earlier this week, was found dead in the mouth of an alligator on Friday. Taylen’s father has been taken into custody on suspicion of murder.
Police Chief Anthony Holloway said that a detective shot and killed the alligator. “We didn’t want to find him this way, but at least we can bring some closure to that family now,” Holloway said at a press conference.
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Who was Taylen Mosley?
Taylen Mosley, two-year-old boy from Florida, has been missing since Thursday. His mother Pashun Jeffrey was found killed in her apartment, police said. She was 20 years old. Jeffrey had been stabbed multiple times.
Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, Halloway said.
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The two-year-old was found near Dell Holmes Park near Lake Maggiore, about 10 miles from his mother’s apartment. Jeffrey and her child were last seen by family members on Wednesday around 5:20 PM. Around 8:30 PM, neighbors heard a loud commotion near their apartment but police were not informed.
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Taylen had celebrated his second birthday on March 12, just 19 days before being found dead. His family called him Tay-Tay and said he loved PB&J and calling his mother when she took her break at work, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
Their family asked the apartment manager to check when they couldn’t reach her on Thursday, police said. Jeffery and Taylen had just moved into the apartment complex about a month ago. Pashun Jeffrey worked at CVS.
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Halloway said Taylen’s cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner. Thomas Mosley admitted himself to a hospital and had cuts on his arms and hands. He did not speak to investigators and requested a lawyer.