Officials: Toddler snatched by gator likely dead


WE REALLY WANT TO GO BACK OUT TO WALT DISNEY WORLD, WERE A NEWS CONFERENCE IS BEING HELD ABOUT A LITTLE BOY.>>THIS IS A TOUGH SITUATION. I WANT ALL OF YOU TO THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT. THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE CHILDREN, GRANDCHILDREN, NOT HAPPEN TO HAVE A TWO-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON. FO ME, THIS IS A VERY HUMAN EXPERIENCE THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, WHERE WE ARE DEALING WITH THIS FAMILY NOW WHO, WITH NO QUESTION, LOST A TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD. IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 15 HOURS SINCE THE CHILD WAS TAKEN INTO THE WATER BY THE ALLIGATOR, SO WE KNOW THAT WE ARE WORKING ON RECOVERING THE BODY OF THE CHILD AT THIS POINT. SO ON BEHALF OF EVERYBODY ENGAGED IN THIS EFFORT, OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO TRY TO BRING SOME CLOSURE TO THE FAMILY BY RECOVERING THEIR LOVED ONE. WE HAVE IN EXCESS OF 50 PERSONNEL FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT WORKING ON THIS RECOVERY EFFORT. WE ARE GOING TO BE HERE THROUGHOUT, BUT WE ARE ALSO CONCURRENTLY DOING THIS INVESTIGATION ALONG WITH SWC. THEIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HAS TRAVELED HERE FROM TALLAHASSEE. NICK WILEY WILL BE SPEAKING TO YOU MOMENTARILY. I HAVE RECEIVED PHONE CALLS FROM THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, RIC SCOTT, ABOUT THIS EFFORT, THE MAYOR OF OUR COUNTY, AND WE HAVE ALSO SPOKEN WITH VARIOUS DISNEY EXECUTIVES. I WILL TELL YOU, DISNEY IS DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO MAKE THE FAMILY COMFORTABLE DURING THIS ORDEAL. AS WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS TRAGEDY OR THE LAST TWO HOURS, I WILL TELL YOU, IT IS SOMEWHAT OF A COMPLICATED OPERATION THAT WE HAVE GOING BECAUSE THIS IS A MAN-MADE BODY OF WATER. IT IS A SIZABLE BODY OF WATER AND HAS CERTAIN SYSTEMS BUILT INTO THE WATERWAYS. MY DIVERS HAVE BEEN IN THE WATER TODAY . AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME, THEY WILL BE BACK IN THE WATER. WE HAVE OUR MARINE UNIT BACK OUT ON THE LAKE, USING SONAR EQUIPMENT TO SEE IF THEY CAN LOCATE THE BODY AS WELL. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I AM GOING TO ASK AGAIN THAT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FWC TO COME UP AND SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THEY ARE DOING WITH THIS OPERATION. MR. NICK WILEY.>>THANK YOU, SURE FO SHERRIF. THEY HAVE BEEN HERE DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER. WE HAVE PROVIDED SUPPORT, WE HAVE VESSELS ON THE SCENE, PEOPLE ON THE WATER, WE HAVE ABOUT A DOZEN OFFICERS AND SOME EXPERIENCED ALLIGATOR TRACTORS WHO KNOW HOW TO GO OUT AND FIND ALLIGATORS. THERE IS NO REAL UPDATE ON WHAT WE HAVE FOUND SO FAR. WE ARE STILL WORKING AS HARD AS WE CAN. WE ARE HOPEFUL WE CAN HELP THIS FAMILY FIND CLOSURE. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THIS FAMILY. ALSO, GOVERNOR CALLED ME THIS MORNING TO EXPRESS HIS CONCERNS FOR THE FAMILY. HE IS VERY MUCH ENGAGED IN THIS PROCESS AS WE GO FORWARD. THAT IS ALL I HAVE.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS DISNEY HAS OPERATED HERE FOR 45 YEARS, AND THEY HAVE NEVER HAD THIS TYPE OF THING HAPPEN BEFORE. REMEMBER, IT IS FLORIDA, AND ALLIGATORS ARE INDIGENOUS TO THIS REGION OF THE COUNTRY, BUT I WANT TO REITERATE, DISNEY HAS A WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT IS IN PLACE AND THEY HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO ENSURE THAT THEIR GUES ARE NOT UNDULY EXPOSED TO THE WILDLIFE YEAR. — HERE.>>[INAUDIBLE] WE ARE 15 HOURS IN. THERE WERE EYEWITNESSES HERE WHO SAW THE CHILD TAKEN UNDER THE WATER. WE KNOW THAT HAPPENED. IT IS CERTAINLY NOT SURVIVABLE, AT THIS POINT, TO HAVE BEEN SUBMERGED OR DESPERATE TO UPTIME. WE KNOW THAT THIS WILL BE A RECOVERY EFFORT.>>CAN YOU TELL US THE TYPE OF PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN BY DISNEY?>>THIS IS CERTAINLY VERY CONCERNING TO DISNEY. YOU ARE AWARE THAT THEY MADE A DECISION TO CLOSE AT OTHER BEACH PROPERTIES. I BELIEVE THERE ARE NINE DIFFERENT PROPERTIES IN TERMS OF THE BEACHES AT THE DIFFERENT RESORT AREAS. THAT WAS DONE WITH AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION, TO ENSURE WE CAN CONTINUE OUR OPERATION WITHOUT THE INTERFERENCE OF OTHER WATERCRAFT THAT MAY BE OUT ON THE WATERWAYS, AND ALSO TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT OTHER GUESTS ARE NOT UNDULY EXPOSED TO SOMETHING.>>[INAUDIBLE] THE QUESTION HERE IS, IN TERMS OF WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT, DISNEY HAS FULL-TIME STAFF THAT WORKS WITH FWC. I WILL ASK THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO FILL YOU IN ON HOW THEY WORK WITH DISNEY IN THAT REGARD.>>DISNEY HAS BEEN VERY PROACTIVE WITH REGARDS TO DEALING WITH ALLIGATORS. AS THE SHERIFF SAID, FULL-TIME STAFF IN THESE WATERS. THEY HAD A OPEN SYSTEM PERMIT, WHERE ANY TIME THEY HAD A COMPLAINT, THEY COULD TAKE IT OUT. THESE ALLIGATORS ARE NOT RELOCATED. THEY HAVE TO BE EUTHANIZED. WHEN THEY BECOME A PROBLEM, THEY HAVE TO BE MOVED, AND YOU ARE JUST MOVING A PROBLEM. DISNEY HAS AN AMAZING PROGRAM FOR KEEPING TRACK OF AND MONITORING AND ADDRESSING ANY CONCERNS THAT ARISE.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>THEY HAVE ROUTINELY TAKEN OUT ALLIGATORS IN THE PROPERTY AT LARGE. I HAVE NOT HEARD OF ANY TAKEN OUT RECENTLY.>>[INAUDIBLE] I AM NOT AWARE OF THAT REPORT.>>THERE WAS NO REPORT MADE TO THE ORANGE COUNTY SHARES OFFICE REGARDING THE FAMILY.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>IN TERMS OF SIGNAGE, THERE IS SIGNAGE IN THIS IMMEDIATE AREA THAT SAYS NO SWIMMING. THAT IS THE SIGNAGE AND THAT IS AVAILABLE IN THIS AREA AND OTHER RESORT AREAS.>>[INAUDIBLE]>>THE QUESTION IS HOW LONG WILL WE CONTINUE TO SEARCH? WE WILL CONTINUE TO SEARCH UNTIL WE FIND THE BODY. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL BE TODAY. IT HAS TO EXTEND BEYOND THAT, WE WILL DO THAT AS WELL.>>[INAUDIBLE] I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY STRUCTURES. ALLIGATORS CAN MOVE ACROSS THE LAND AND UNDERWATER. FENCING IS JUST NOT A FEASIBLE OPTION.>>[INDISCERNIBLE]>>IT IS STILL EARLY IN THE PROCESS.>>[INDISCERNIBLE]>>ONE MORE HAS BEEN FOUND.>>[INDISCERNIBLE]>>I’M NOT SURE WHAT THE QUESTION WAS. I GUESS THE QUESTION IS WHAT DO WE DO TO IMPROVE SECURITY. AGAIN, DISNEY HAS AN ACTIVE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT IS DESIGNED TO REMOVE ANY POTENTIAL THREAT. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO ALSO, IN TERMS OF GIVING YOU ANOTHER UPDATE, WE ANTICIPATE THERE WILL BE ANOTHER BRIEFING SOMEWHERE AROUND 6:00 TODAY, IF NOT BEFORE, IF THERE ARE NEW DEVELOPMENTS. AT THAT TIME, WE WILL ALSO LIKELY IDENTIFY THE FAMILY INVOLVED. WE ARE BEING SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE FAMILY, IN TERMS OF THEM BEING ALLOWED TO NOTIFY OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. WE DO NOT WANT THEM TO HEAR OR READ ABOUT IT FROM THE MEDIA, IF YOU WILL.>>[INDISCERNIBLE]>>ABSOLUTELY. AS YOU INTERACT WITH ALLIGATORS, AS THEY ARE FED, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THEY CAN LOSE THEIR FEAR OF PEOPLE. WE HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION AT MYFWC.XOM ABOUT HOW TO –. OM ABOUT HOW TO STAY SAFE AROUND ALLIGATORS. THIS IS A TURBO TRAGEDY, BUT FORTUNATELY, IT IS A RARE OCCURRENCE.>>[INDISCERNIBLE]>>IT IS REALLY TOO EARLY TO SPECULATE. THERE ARE SO MANY VARIABLES AT PLAY HERE.>>[INDISCERNIBLE] [INAUDIBLE]>>SOME OF THAT WE CANNOT GET INTO NOW. THERE IS AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION GOING ON.

2 thoughts on “Officials: Toddler snatched by gator likely dead

  1. the parent did not care about the child simple they were not giving the child any protection they were not looking out for their child they should not been looking after a child if they cannot look after it properly this is child abuse they abused the Child by neglecting the child and allowing the alligator to have the child for dinner

  2. hi guess the stupid parents have now got their closure now that the mouth of the alligator is closed with their child in it well that will teach the parents a lesson in Knots neglecting your children the way they did the black bear child they should have been looking out for the child safety but they were busy looking at other things I neglected the child even if it was for a brief second it's still neglect stupid idiot parents I might have been better off looking after a dog not a human baby even dogs need looking after well to a certain degree

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