The cause of death of the two-year-old, who was found in the mouth of an alligator a day after his mother was stabbed to death, has been revealed.
The St. Petersburg Police Department confirmed on Monday that infant Taylen Mosley died as a result of drowning.
Mosley was reported missing after his mother, Pashun Jeffery, 20, was found with over 100 stab wounds at her home in St. Petersburg, Fla. on March 30.
The child’s body was found in an alligator’s mouth the next day.
Police allege that the boy’s father, Thomas Mosley, murdered both Jeffery and Mosley.
Thomas reportedly showed up at his mother’s home with wounds “consistent with injuries sustained from slipping during a knife attack.”
After being taken to hospital for treatment, Thomas refused to help find his son, Police Chief Anthony Holloway said.
An affidavit revealed that a bloody fingerprint found on a bottle of cleaning solution under a bed matched Thomas’s.
Thomas has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Jeffery and Mosley, police said.
‘SOMETHING WAS WRONG’
Jeffery’s great-aunt now says she knew something was wrong when Jeffery’s phone went to voicemail when she tried to call Thursday morning, she told WFLA.
“And I just kept going to voicemail, and my gut feeling was like something was wrong,” she said.
During her lunch break, she drove to Jeffery’s apartment but got no answer.
She reportedly saw a trail of blood leading from the door to the car outside.
“I never thought in a million years when this week started that something like this would happen,” Brickhouse-Sails said as her voice cracked.
“We should have taken Taylen with us on Saturday.
“I want people to remember them as two kids who absolutely loved each other,” Brickhouse-Sails continued.
“It will be difficult to adjust to life without her.
“I worried that they would suffer.
“It is my greatest concern that they have suffered so much. And when I close my eyes at night, all I see is their suffering. And I pray to God they didn’t have to suffer for long.”