Parents won't sue Disney over son's death by gator - KMOV.com

Parents won't sue Disney over son's death by gator

Posted: Updated:
Florida's Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted a picture of Lane Graves, the young boy that died in the Disney gator attack. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office) Florida's Orange County Sheriff's Office tweeted a picture of Lane Graves, the young boy that died in the Disney gator attack. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office)

By MIKE SCHNEIDER
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The parents of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World said Wednesday that they don't plan to sue the Florida theme park resort over the death.

Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement that they want to focus on their family's future health. A family spokeswoman, Sara Brady, said she couldn't say whether a financial settlement had been reached with Disney World.

"The family is really focused on just moving forward and healing," Brady said.

In their statement, the parents described themselves as "broken" by the death of their 2-year-old son, Lane.

"We will forever struggle to comprehend why this happened to our sweet baby, Lane," they said. "As each day passes, the pain gets worse, but we truly appreciate the outpouring of sympathy and warm sentiments we have received from around the world."

Disney World president George Kalogridis said in a statement the company continues to provide support for the family. A spokeswoman, Jacquee Wahler, wouldn't elaborate further.

Authorities say an alligator pulled Lane Graves into the water June 14. His father said a second alligator attacked him as he tried to save his son.

Lane's body was recovered the next day, and an autopsy showed he died from drowning and traumatic injuries.

After Lane's death, Disney World made changes to limit possible visitor contact with alligators on the property.

Rope fences with netting were installed around some waterfront areas, and "No Fishing" signs were installed. Fishing at Disney World was changed to be limited only to excursions.

Follow Mike Schneider on Twitter: http://twitter.com/mikeschneiderap

His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/Mike-Schneider

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • NationalMore>>

  • In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    In new walkouts, students look to turn outrage to action

    Friday, April 20 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-20 04:26:49 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:55 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:55:20 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this March 14, 2018 file photo, young demonstrators hold a rally in front of the White House in Washington. Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gu...

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >

    Another wave of school walkouts is expected as students honor victims of gun violence and push for gun control.

    More >
  • Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

    Friday, April 20 2018 1:03 AM EDT2018-04-20 05:03:06 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:27 AM EDT2018-04-21 09:27:59 GMT
    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...(AP Photo/Susan Walsh). Copies of the memos written by former FBI Director James Comey are photographed in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment...

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >

    President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

    More >
  • Truck driver gets life sentence for role in death of 10 immigrants in Texas

    Truck driver gets life sentence for role in death of 10 immigrants in Texas

    Friday, April 20 2018 11:09 PM EDT2018-04-21 03:09:52 GMT
    San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio police officers investigate the scene where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    The driver of a tractor-trailer found in Texas last summer packed with dozens of undocumented immigrants, 10 of whom died, was sentenced Friday to life without parole.

    More >

    The driver of a tractor-trailer found in Texas last summer packed with dozens of undocumented immigrants, 10 of whom died, was sentenced Friday to life without parole.

    More >
Powered by Frankly