FLORIDA - Deputies in Florida are searching for a 2-year-old child from Nebraska who was dragged into the water by an alligator at the Disney's man-made "Seven Seas Lagoon". The lagoon is located at Walt Disney World's popular Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, Rose Silva said the small child was ragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon around 9:30 p.m. Deputies are currently searching the waters and crime-scene tape now surrounds the perimeter around the water. As of posting the child has not been found.
Law enforcement officials now believe the lost child is dead. Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said:
"The child was playing in the water, just a foot or so into the water, and the alligator came up and attacked. The father at some point struggled to try to get his son and was not successful.
The sad reality of it is it's been several hours and we're not likely going to recover a live body. The parents diligently tried to get the child. We're not leaving until we recover the child."
Jacquee Wahler, the vice president of the Walt Disney World Resort also commented on the horrific event saying:
"Everyone here at the Walt Disney Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement."
The name of the child has been identified. Read the latest update about the victim here.
Video footage recorded several days ago allegedly shows that alligators frequent the Walt World Disney World Seven Seas Lagoon where the child was attacked.