March 25, 1997 in Nation/World

Alligator’s Victim Died Of Drowning

Compiled From Wire Services

A 3-year-old boy who was snatched by an 11-foot alligator died from drowning, a medical examiner said Monday.

Adam Trevor Binford vanished Friday afternoon while playing in shallow water on the edge of Lake Ashby, 20 miles northeast of Orlando. His mother, Lorri Binford, said she heard a big splash and Adam disappeared.

A trapper found the 450-pound alligator with the boy inside its jaws the next day, about a mile away.

An autopsy showed water in his stomach and lungs, said Dr. Ronald Reeves, chief medical examiner for Volusia County.

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