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Probe of Disney alligator attack not criminal: sheriff

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 01:12

Authorities say the investigation into the death of a two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator at a Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida is not criminal in nature. Linda So reports.

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Beautiful blue eyes and an innocent smile. This is 2 year old Lane Graves, the boy who was snatched by an alligator at a Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. SOUNDBITE: SHERIFF JERRY DEMINGS, ORANGE COUNTY, FLORIDA, SAYING: "There's likely no question in my mind that the child was drowned by the alligator." The boy's body was found intact underwater about 16 hours after he was grabbed by the alligator. It happened Tuesday night, while Lane was playing at the water's edge at the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Grand Floridian Resort. His parents tried to save their son but were unable to free him from the reptile's grip. They were vacationing from Nebraska. Friends and community members gathered for a special service at their church in Elkhorn near Omaha to pray for the family. SOUNDBITE: NORMAN HALE, ST. PATRICK'S PARISH PRINCIPAL, SAYING: "Great parents and that's just- there are no reservations in the back of my mind. When you think of them and their children, what that family dynamic was. It was- good strong and responsible people." Disney says it will review the posted signs that ban swimming in the Seven Seas Lagoon, but do not specifically warn against alligators. Authorities say no criminal charges are expected in the case.

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Probe of Disney alligator attack not criminal: sheriff

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 01:12