2-Year-Old Missing After Being Attacked By an Alligator at Disney World

Orlando, Florida has now  been the scene of three tragedies this week: the shooting death of singer Christina Grimmie, the terrorist massacre of 49 people at Pulse night club, and now, at the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian resort, a third nightmare unfolds. Last night, as a family of five from Nebraska was relaxing on the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon, an alligator emerged from the waters and attacked a 2-year-old boy. The boy’s dad entered the water and tried to wrestle his son from the gator’s grasp, but was unsuccessful. Rescuers have been searching the waters for the boy since about 9:30 pm last night.

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Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told the Orlando Sentinel that a 50-person rescue team on the scene has been searching the lagoon for hours, with sonar and a dive team at their disposal.

“As a father, as a grandfather, we’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances, but based on my 35 years of law enforcement experience, we know we have some challenges ahead of us,” Demings said.

Alligator attacks are actually rare in Florida, making this attack on the child all the more shocking and tragic. There was one recent fatal, unprovoked alligator attack in Florida, occurring in 2015 — the first since 2007, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

I cannot imagine the grief this family is going through…the pain, the horror…honestly, I am in tears just writing this. My heart can’t take much more this week, my mama friends. Please join me in praying so, so hard for this child and this family, and this city that has been besieged with a seemingly insurmountable load of grief this week.


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.