Taylen Mosley update: Body of missing toddler found in alligator jaws after search;  Thomas Mosley will be charged with murder

st. PETERSBURG, Fla.– The body of a 2-year-old Florida boy who had been the subject of a frantic search after his mother was killed was found Friday in a lake in the jaws of an alligator, police said.

St Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway also said the boy's father, 21-year-old Thomas Mosley, would be charged with two counts of first degree murder in the murder of the boy's mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery, and their son. young son of Taylen Mosley.

Searchers, including a diving team and officers using drones, have been searching for the boy intensively since his mother's body was found in their apartment earlier this week and he was nowhere to be found.

“We're sorry it had to end like this,” Holloway said during a news conference Friday night.

Officers looking for the toddler in a lake a few miles from the apartment complex saw an alligator “with an object in its mouth” which they quickly realized was a child's body, Holloway said. They opened fire on the reptile, which dropped its body.

“We managed to retrieve Taylen's body intact,” said the chief. The crocodile was euthanized.

Thomas Mosley was hospitalized with cuts to his hand and arm and refused to speak to investigators, Holloway said. He does not yet have a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

“His father didn't talk to us,” he added.

Jeffery, who works at the CVS store, and his son were last seen by family members at around 5.20pm Wednesday. Police said at around 8.30pm neighbors heard a loud commotion near their apartment but the police were not called.

The following day, Jeffery's mother contacted the apartment complex's property manager after not hearing from her daughter. It was then that they found him dead in what Holloway described as a “very violent crime scene” where Jeffery had been stabbed multiple times.

Police have not disclosed how Taylen Mosley was killed or whether the alligator had a role in it.

Thomas Mosley went to his mother's house around 9pm Wednesday with cuts to his arm and hand, Holloway said, and was admitted to a local hospital, where he stayed overnight Friday.

Family members said Jeffery and Taylen had just moved into the apartment complex about a month ago.