Alligator Drags Toddler Into Lagoon at Disney Resort

Search continues for the missing two-year-old child

Last Updated: June 16, 2016 @ 12:45 PM

Police were searching Tuesday night for a toddler dragged into a lagoon by an alligator near Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

The alligator snatched the two-year-old child at 9:21 p.m. ET, Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Rose Silva said, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Deputies searched the Seven Seas Lagoon late into the night and put crime-scene tape around the area to block it off, while a helicopter searched from the sky and Florida Fish and Wildlife officials scoured the water for the alligator and child.

The hotel is an upscale luxury resort owned by Disney, and is one of three hotels on the monorail line, just one stop away from the Magic Kingdom Park, located in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando.

The missing child has not been identified, but police said the family was vacationing from Nebraska with three children, according to the Sentinel. At the time of the attack, they were relaxing on the shoreline when the alligator pounced. The father entered the water and tried to grab the child from the gator, but was not successful.