Gator Snaps Up Two Year-Old Child at Disney Resort Beach

An alligator snapped up a two year-old child wading in the water at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa on Monday night.

The boy was wading in water where “no swimming” signs were posted.

Click on Orlando reported:

The search for a boy who deputies say was dragged by an alligator into the water at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World continues.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in a sandy waterfront area outside the hotel near the Seven Seas Lagoon on hotel property near Magic Kingdom, prompting Disney to close all of its resort beaches “out of an abundance of caution.”

The 2-year-old boy was on vacation with his family from Nebraska and arrived at the resort Sunday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

Witnesses said the family was on the beach and the boy’s 4-year-old sister was in a playpen about 20 to 30 yards from the water on the sand, according to Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings. The toddler was wading in the water nearby.

“The father actually went into the water to wrestle his son from the grips of the alligator,” Demings said.

Officials said the father suffered minor scratches on his hand, but was unsuccessful in getting his son back. Demings said the boy’s mother also went into the water, trying to find her child.

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