Parents of Lane Graves, boy killed by gator at Disney, welcome baby boy


Parents of Boy Killed By Gator at Disney Welcome New Baby

The Nebraska couple who lost their 2-year-old son in an alligator attack at Walt Disney World have welcomed a new baby boy into their family.

Matt and Melissa Graves announced the birth of Christian Lane Graves on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

Lane Graves was killed in 2016 when an alligator dragged the boy into Seven Seas Lagoon at the resort.
The toddler from Nebraska was on vacation with his parents and siblings when he was at the lake’s edge in about one foot of water at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Matt Graves tried to pull his son from the clutches of the gator but was not able to rescue the boy. 

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His body was found about 15 yards from the shore, six feet underwater, the day after the attack, it was reported at the time.  The Orange County Sheriff's Office said about 60 people were searching the lake after the attack.

“We are happy to announce the birth of our son, Christian Lane Graves. Although we know the pain of losing Lane will never go away, we feel God has blessed our family with this precious miracle of life,” Matt and Melissa Graves wrote in a press release, the “Today” show reported.

They said Lane is Christian’s guardian angel.

The family started The Lane Thomas Foundation after their son’s death to help families whose children are awaiting organ donations.



Lane Graves

Orange County Sheriff's Office
Photo of Lane Graves, 2, who was attacked and killed by and alligator at the Buena Vista Disney resort, June 15, 2016. (Photo provided via Orange County Sheriff's Office)

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