Autopsy Results Of Child Dragged By Alligator Revealed

| by Sheena Vasani
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Autopsy results reveal the toddler who was dragged into the water by a Florida alligator near a Walt Disney resort died of drowning and traumatic injuries.

Nebraska native and 2-year-old Lane Graves was vacationing with his family in Orlando when he died, KETV reports.

At around 9:30 p.m. on June 14, an alligator forced the boy into waters at the Seven Seas Lagoon near Disney's Grand Floridians Resort and Spa, according to an Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman.

Although Lane's father Matt attempted to save his son, witnesses say he was unsuccessful, CNN reports via WPIX.

"The father entered the water and tried to grab the child and was not successful in doing so," Sheriff Jerry Demings said. "The mother also may have been in the water. So the parents diligently tried to get the child."

On June 15, authorities found the child’s dead body still intact.

"We have no reason to believe the body recovered is not that of Lane Graves,” Demings said.

Walt Disney issued a statement expressing its sympathy and shock over the boy’s death.

“Everyone here at Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident,” a Disney spokesperson said. "Our thoughts are with the family and we are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist them,"

“All of our beaches are currently closed, and we are conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols,” Walt Disney World Resort vice president Jacquee Wahler added on June 16, reports CNN. “This includes the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings.”

Family and friends mourn the child’s death.

"To hear of Lane's passing, in such a tragic manner, has been hurtful to our parish and community," said Norman Hale, principal of the school Lane’s 4-year-old sister attends, according to KETV.

"It's unimaginable," he added. "The grief and what they're going through right now."

Omaha Chamber of Commerce, where Lane’s father worked, also issued a statement.

“The loss of a child is a special kind of tragedy, particularly hard to comprehend,” said CEO and president David G. Brown. 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."

Sources: KETV and CNN via WPIX / Photo Credit: WDWNT

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