Alligator Kills Pet Dog Playing With Owners At Florida Lake
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — An alligator killed a pet dog at a lake in Florida.
According to a report by WCJB-TV , Scarlett Dent and her 8-year-old son Easton Lowery were throwing sticks into Newman’s Lake in Gainesville on Saturday. They were playing with their two dogs, Beignet and Blue.
Dent was talking with a neighbor when she heard Easton scream. She said she saw one dog, Beignet, struggling in an alligator’s mouth.
Dent said she tried pulling the dog free, but the alligator pulled it under. The nearly 2-year-old dog wasn’t seen again.
Easton said he saw the alligator “pop up” out of the water. He said he felt lucky that he wasn’t bitten, though he lost a dog he called his “best friend.”
Dent said she reported the incident to Florida wildlife officials.
Murder Charge For Mother’s Boyfriend In Florida Girl’s Death
CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) — A murder charge has been filed against the boyfriend of a Florida woman whose 3-year-old daughter died after he allegedly kicked her in the head because she got out of a car seat.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release the new murder charge was filed Sunday against 29-year-old Cory M. Hagwell in the killing of 3-year-old Adelynn Merrell. He also faces child abuse charges.
The mother, 23-year-old Destinee J. Merrell, is charged with being an accessory after the fact, child neglect and child battery. Both are jailed without bail and records don’t indicate if they have lawyers.
Investigators say Hagwell kicked the girl, locked her in a closet and took her body to nearby woods after finding her dead. The couple initially reported the girl missing.
2 Men Drown In Airboat Crash Near Florida Fish Camp
COCOA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the bodies of two men who died after their airboat flipped on a Florida river.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told news outlets that it received a call around 5 p.m. Sunday that a boat had taken on water and was beginning to sink in the St. Johns River, near Lone Cabbage Fish Camp in Cocoa.
Officials say two people made it safely to shore. Officials with Florida Fish and Wildlife and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office recovered the bodies of the two drowned men around 8:30 p.m. Chad Weber with Florida Fish and Wildlife did not say if the men were wearing life jackets.
Officials say the drowned men were between the ages of 70 to 80. No names were immediately released.