Police reveal cause of death for missing toddler who was found in gator’s mouth

Florida police recently announced the cause of death for 2-year-old Taylen Mosley, who authorities say was killed by his father last month. The St. Petersburg Police Department confirmed on Monday that the toddler had tragically drowned.

Taylen’s mother, 20-year-old Pashun Jeffery, was found dead in her apartment bathroom on March 30, having sustained over 100 stab wounds. Following her discovery, Taylen was reported missing.

The next day, authorities found the todder’s body in the mouth of an alligator at Lake Maggiore. According to the police, it is believed that Taylen’s father, Thomas Mosley, either threw or placed the child into the water.

Investigators allege that Mosley murdered both Jeffery and their son. After the alleged crimes, he appeared at his mother’s house with injuries on his hands and arms, which were consistent with those sustained during a knife attack. Mosley then sought treatment at St. Anthony’s Hospital. While there, he refused to cooperate with the search for his son, as reported by Chief Anthony Holloway.

Further evidence emerged when a bloody fingerprint on a bottle of cleaning solution, found hidden under a bed, was matched to Thomas Mosley. Consequently, Mosley now faces two counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of both Pashun Jeffery and their son, Taylen.