Body discovered of TODDLER dragged into the water by an alligator while watching a movie near a popular tourist resort in Orlando.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office said the two-year-old child was pulled into the Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rose Silva told the Orlando Sentinel that the child was taken around 9.30pm.

Deputies were searching the waters and put crime-scene tape around area to block it off. Multiple emergency vehicles filled the front drive of the Victorian-style hotel and a helicopter hovered overhead.

Several people on social media said the child was on the beach at the time.

<blockquoteclass=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”> Alligator drags child into lake: A TODDLER has been dragged into the water by an alligator while watching a m… https://t.co/n9pnoeF6EF — Australian Media (@Aust_Media) June 15, 2016

UPDATE! 16 June

Sad news today that the body of two year old Lane Graves has been found.

Speaking during a live press conference, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said: “There is no doubt in my mind the child was drowned by the alligator”.

He confirmed members of the diving team discovered the boy’s body “intact” at around 1.45am local time.

Sheriff Demings added: “The family says they do appreciate all of the prayers that have gone forward to allow those of us who are working on the professional side to do our jobs to recover their son.”

“They move forward at this time for a proper burial.”

Our thoughts are with the family at this terrible time.

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  • Toddlers can be beside you one second and gone the next. You can’t take your eyes off them. Watch you hold their hand firmly enough that they can’t let go. Put two fingers around their wrist can they can’t just let go of your hand. You don’t have to hold too tightly – just enough that they can’t pull their hand out and walk or run off. Something I never thought of until I saw a parent use that method. I tried it and it works without hurting your child at all.


  • How awful !! The family must be devastated ! My thoughts & prayers go out to those involved.


  • What a shattering story. Noone ever likes reading these stories


  • Oh my gosh this is tragic and shocking. My thoughts are with the family.


  • This was unbelievable. Tragic. Frightening. Oh so unbelievable. My thoughts go out to the family. May their little boy’s spirit live on.


  • This is dreadful – but I agree that it’s at least some comfort to have an intact body.


  • They must be devastated at the loss of their young son. My condolences to the family


  • *sigh* Horrible but the small things are that at least they have his body and they dont have to torture themselves with visions of him being eaten.
    So very horrible.


  • So very sad for this family.


  • I heard that they found the body of that poor little child. RIP


  • Such a tragedy – and one that should have been able to be avoided.


  • A shocking story,my heart goes out to the family.


  • This is absolutely horrifying and horrendous for the poor little boy and his family.


  • How horrible. Made worse by not knowing 100% and holding out the slim piece of hope.
    How scared that poor child must have been.


  • Oh my gosh! I had to read that title twice! What a horrible thing to happen :(


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