Viral Mom at Disney Shares Pic of Son in Spot Where Alligator Later Attacked
A woman on vacation in Disney World revealed that her son was standing in the same spot where an alligator would soon attack and kill a two-year-old boy.
Jennifer Venditti, who was also staying at the Grand Floridian resort, shared a photo of her son standing at the edge of the lagoon Tuesday night about a half-hour before the fatal attack.
The 41-year-old mother wrote the next day that she was enjoying the night with three-year-old Channing, who is seen standing in his bathing suit near the water of the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Venditti said that the attack on Lane Graves, whose body was found intact in the lagoon Wednesday afternoon, prompted helicopters to fly overhead on Tuesday night.
"PRAY, PRAY so hard for the family & for those who witnessed this tragic event. I took these pics at the exact spot this happened betw 8 & 830, the incident happened at 9," she wrote.
She also spoke of seeing online posts that were critical of Matt and Melissa Graves, who were vacationing from Nebraska, for letting their son play at the water's edge.
I've already seen posts criticizing the parents. 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. #judgelesspraymore
Disney is under fire for failing to post warning signs about alligators around the lagoon, despite the presence of more than 1 million alligators in Florida waters.
Signs around the beach warned guests not to swim, but made no mention that alligators were in the lagoon.
A family from Great Britain said they were "chased" by an alligator at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, but were not injured. Meantime, a custodian at Grand Floridian told the Orlando Sentinel that he suggested to management that fencing be put up because of alligators coming close to the shore.
Watch the latest report below from Leland Vittert at the scene.