A mother has shared images of her son playing on the same shore where a toddler was taken by an alligator at Walt Disney World – and only just before the youngster was snatched.
The photos of Jennifer Venditti’s son Channing paddling in the man-made lake were taken just 30 minutes before a large reptile took two-year-old Lane Graves from the very same spot – right in front of his horrified parents.
She posted them on Facebook and pleaded for people to pray and not judge Lane’s devastated parents, who did not know alligators may be in the lagoon. Both jumped into the water to try and save their son, but were no match for the gator.
“I’ve already seen posts criticising the parents,” she says.
“I can assure you alligators were not on my mind at all when Channing was in the water. It’s a tiny beach, surrounded by pools, water slides, a restaurant and a fire pit. I can’t conceive that an alligator would be in such a busy, small space.”
Here is her full post.
Realising how close she may have come to the heartache being felt by Lane’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves, Jennifer’s posts had us all taking a deep breath.
“I can’t imagine anyone could sleep knowing that the helicopter was searching for a missing child taken by an alligator,” she says.
“I can’t help but wonder if we played with him, did I talk to his Mum?? How does one go home without your baby in tow?”
Lane was taken by the two metre alligator as he played on the water’s edge of the man-made Seven Seas Lagoon at the holiday resort. His dad tried desperately to pry him from the alligator’s jaws, but the reptile got away with the child. His body was found in the lagoon several hours later.
(images via Facebook)