The missing Florida toddler who was found dead in the mouth of an alligator last week was put in the lake by his father, who is also accused of killing the child’s mother, according to St. Petersburg police affidavits.
Thomas Mosley, 21, is facing two counts of first-degree murder, according to the affidavits.
“Due to the extremely serious allegations surrounding these tragic losses, our investigation is currently focused on gathering information about the facts and circumstances of the case, as well as our client’s mental state,” a spokesperson for Sixth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Sara Mollo said in a statement.
According to one of the affidavits, Mosley allegedly “did throw or place” his 2-year-old son, Taylen, into a lake, inflicting “mortal wounds” that resulted in the child’s death.
Taylen had been reported missing after his mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery, was discovered dead in her residence Thursday afternoon with multiple stab wounds, according to authorities.
Mosley allegedly went to his mother’s house the night before Jeffery was found with “serious lacerations to both of his wrists and arms consistent with injuries produced by slippage during a knife attack” and was sent to a hospital, according to an affidavit.
On Thursday, Jeffery’s family went to check on her and allegedly saw blood on the sidewalk from her apartment, the affidavit said. They found Jeffery inside dead with “apparent cuts and stabs in excess of 100 wounds,” according to an affidavit.
“A bloody fingerprint on a cleaning bottle which had been intentionally placed under a bed in the crime scene was identified to (Mosley),” the affidavit said. “A bloody shoe print with a ‘Gucci’ emblem was located on the bathroom floor where the victim was found,” the affidavit continues.
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