New horrific details has been released regarding the death of two-year-old Lane Graves due to an alligator attack while his family was vacationing at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Florida earlier this year.
On Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released its final investigative report regarding the incident that led to the tragic death of the boy. The report revealed that the alligator had bitten the boy’s head before dragging him into the water.
According to a report from TIME, a medical examiner has ruled Lane’s death an accident. During an autopsy, the child was found to have suffered injuries to both neck and head. During a struggle with the alligator, Lane’s father Matt Graves tried to free his son loose. He bravely put his hands inside the alligator’s mouth, but the alligator proved too strong for him.
As a result, Matt sustained multiple cuts on his hand. Emergency medical crews found scratches on his foot, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.
A lifeguard told deputies that he heard someone screaming and saw Matt with blood on his right hand, as well as the right side of his face. He then saw the gator splashing around as Lane was dragged further into the Seven Seas Lagoon. That was the last time Matt saw his son alive. Lane’s body would be found floating in the lagoon nearly 16 hours later.
Following the incident, the report concludes that Lane may have been mistaken by the alligator as “normal prey like opossum, armadillo or raccoon.” Lanes’ death has been ruled an accident by the medical examiner.
In the meantime, FWC Director Nick Wiley said, “We continue to pray for the Graves family.”