LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – A Florida sheriff says charges are unlikely against the parents whose 2-year-old son was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings tells The Associated Press there was no indication Matt and Melissa Graves of suburban Omaha, Nebraska, committed any crime that contributed to the reptile grabbing their son, Lane Graves.
Demings says his department and the state wildlife agency would look into the issue of signs around Seven Seas Lagoon, where Disney had posted “no swimming” signs but no warnings about alligators.
Authorities say the boy waded into no more than 1 or 2 feet of water in the lagoon around nightfall Tuesday when he was taken from a small beach. The boy’s father desperately tried to fight off the gator, but couldn’t save his son.
This story has been corrected to show that the child’s father is named Matt Graves, not Will Graves.
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