The father of the 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa told investigators that a second alligator was involved in the incident, according to public records released by the Reedy Creek Fire Department.
Matt Graves spoke to Captain Tom Wellons the morning after his son Lane Graves went missing. In emails to two supervisors, Wellons said he was examining Graves' injuries and told him he was in need of stitches and antibiotics due to some lacerations he received. Graves reportedly "refused to leave" the area but was finally convinced when he was told he could return following medical treatment, The Orlando Sentinel reported.
"This incredibly sweet couple insisted on showing us pictures of their happy son. [The] mom kept referring to him as her 'happy boy,'" Wellons told supervisors.
As he was being transported to the hospital, Graves told Wellons of "the horror that he experienced" as his toddler was pulled into the water and "how another gator attacked him as he fought for his son". According to the Sentinel, assistant chief Stan Painter forwarded Wellons' email to Orange County officials to alert them of a potential second alligator.
Lane Graves' body was found intact about 15 yards from the shore, six feet underwater following a 16-hour search. He and his family had been relaxing by the shore of the Seven Seas Lagoon when he was dragged away by an alligator.
Signs in the area advised visitors against swimming but did not warn of alligators. Following the boy's death, Disney announced signs reading, "Danger! Alligators and snakes in area. Stay away from the water. Do not feed the wildlife," would be posted. The company also decided to raise fences around the lakes and other lakefront resorts, the Sentinel reported.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials have said they are "confident" the alligator that killed the boy was caught. Five alligators were killed during the 16-hour search for the boy and a total of 15 have been caught–including the five killed–this year, according to The Guardian.