Parents of Toddler Killed By Alligator at Walt Disney World Welcome Newborn Son


The parents of Lane Thomas, the toddler who was tragically killed by an alligator at Disney World June of 2016, have announced that they have welcomed a newborn son. Matt and Melissa Graves announced on Wednesday the birth of Christian Lane Graves.

Lane and his family were enjoying an evening on the shoreline of The Grand Floridan Resort and Spa. Lane was playing in the sand on the beach area of the resort when an alligator appeared from the Seven Seas Lagoon and pulled him under. Lanes’ father, Matt Graves, jumped in to fight the gator off but was unsuccessful. Lane’s body was later recovered 16 hours later and his death was ruled an accident.

This tragedy brought some changes to the Walt Disney World Resort. Fences were added to the shorelines of resorts that were directly on a body of water and signs were installed advising guests that reptiles were present in the water around Disney World.

A lighthouse was chosen because it is the symbol of The Lane Thomas Foundation. The foundation was started by the Graves Family as a way for their son’s legacy to live on. The intent for the foundation to serve as a “beacon of hope” for other families in crisis. The family chose to use Lane’s first and last name because when anyone asked his name he always responded, “I’m Lane Thomas. I’m two.”

Congratulations to the Graves family on the birth of their new son!

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