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Who’s to blame? Lane Graves 2 year old alligator victim’s body recovered ‘intact’

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Pictured missing 2 year old Nebraska boy, Lane Graves and his mother, Melissa Graves.

Lane Graves 2 year old alligator attack: Who bears culpability for a two year old Nebraska boy being dragged by an alligator?

Lane Graves has been identified as the two year old Elkhorn, Nebraska boy who last night was dragged away by a nearly 7 foot alligator as he and his parents and siblings were ‘resting’ by a Seven Lagoons lake sandbank.

The toddler’s disappearance had come after the Nebraska family had come to Orlando to vacation, only to be met with tragedy.

Despite Lane Graves parents frantically trying to save their son, Matthew Graves, 42 attempting to pry the attacking alligator’s jaws, and mother Melissa Graves, 38,  jumping into the water after the alligator, the reptile soon disappeared into the murky waters.

The attack soon led to more than 50 people working over the course of the next 17 hours frantically trying to find the missing child, before eventually finding Lane Graves’ body intact.

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Lane Graves

Lane Graves

Lane Graves

Addressing a packed media brief mid Wednesday afternoon, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told that divers located a ‘body’ in the man-made lake around 1.45pm before it was pulled out of the lagoon around 3.30pm. 

Told Demings: ‘His body was completely intact,’

‘The body has now been turned over to the Orange County medical office for an autopsy.’ 

‘Of course, the family was distraught but also, I believe, somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son with his body intact,’

The sheriff had told at the time of the child’s initial disappearance that the family had been ‘relaxing when the attack occurred.

Told Demings last night: ‘It’s a beach-like area and they were sitting there enjoying the evening.’

To date, authorities captured and killed five alligators during the search, with authorities yet to determine if one of the caught alligators is the killer.

The loss of Lane Graves’ life led to Matthew Graves’ employer, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce with whom he works as a chef data officer issuing an expression of condolences.

Told CEO and president David Brown: ‘The loss of a child is a special kind of tragedy, particularly hard to comprehend. 

‘Our thoughts and our prayers are with the Graves family during this time of unthinkable sadness. Matt has served on our Chamber Board since 2013. We stand ready to assist him, his wife and family as they grieve the loss of Lane.’ 

Lane Graves
Lane Graves’ body recovered.

While it had previously been reported that the missing two year old boy was dragged while in ankle deep to a foot in water, it would be later revealed that Lane Graves had at the time was 10 feet from the shore when he was snatched.

The incident led to a lifeguard indicating that the family was in the wrong for having allowed their son to even play at the beach.

Told a lifeguard via the dailymail: ‘We have lifeguards on duty at the play area but at the beach we don’t have any lifeguards because you’re not supposed to be in the water.’

The Seven Seas Lagoon behind the upscale hotel is off limits to guests, and there are ‘no swimming’ signs posted nearby – but none of them warned about possible alligators in the water, like the signs posted at the Polynesian Village hotel next door. 

The incident has since led to Walt Disney World shutting down all of its Florida resort beaches and marinas out of precaution, with some commentators wondering why the entertainment attraction chose to never erect barriers against the imminent dangers.

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Lane Graves with sister and grand-dad.

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  • Deborah A. Davis

    I feel so sorry for them especially the father who was also in the water. Neither mom or dad should have allowed the child to be in the water. I would not have went in the water with a child with a “No swimming sign posted.” Florida has plenty of alligators….The alligator did not even tear the child apart, it let him go, so the child must have drowned, so sad, my condolences to the family….

  • Jaroslaw

    Who knows if the parents will ever forgive themselves and I’m really sorry for the child. People generally but it seems especially in the USA people think rules don’t apply to them. However, if Disney management didn’t have warning signs specifically for alligators and a sturdy fence and didn’t severely discipline people for feeding alligators, they need to go to jail, not just pay a fine via the corporation.

  • Joe Plummer

    No doubt this is a horribly tragedy. But somehow, over the first 45 years the WDW resort has been open, there have been no other fatal gator attacks. It is Florida, and Florida is home to alligators in, and near, waterways. There will always be alligators on that property, and aside from shutting the resort down, there’s no way to 100% protect visitors from gators. To assign culpability at this time is inconsiderate to the family. Trust me, if Disney is culpable, they’ll pay, but those beaches and waterways won’t remain closed forever. Unfortunatley, the rest of the Floridian vsitors learned an incredibly valuable lesson at the pric eof this 2 year old boy.